I know that as we have been watching the news coverage of the tornado damage in Moore Oklahoma we have been overwhelmed with feelings. Sorrow, compassion, fear for the safety of loved ones, helplessness and the need to do something are all too familiar when natural disasters such as this hit. So what can we do?
1. Pray. We can all do this. Pray wherever and however your pray, but pray. Place the white light of protection around the people who live in Moore, the Mayor, Governor and other leaders, the first responders, search and rescue workers and others faced with the grim reality of mass destruction.
2. Stay put. Unless your are part of a national relief effort, do not get in your car and drive to Oklahoma to help. Do not collect supplies and drive a truck down there to distribute them yourself. You may not be allowed into the area. You also do not want to do anything that could unintentionally interfere with relief efforts.
3. Contact your local chapters of national relief agencies. Call your local Red Cross or Salvation Army. If they have a list of needed items follow that list and take the items to a designated collection point. If they are only asking for money, donate money.
4. Feel free to have a fundraiser in your own community. Have a charity baseball game, concert, ice cream social, whatever you can think of and donate the money to relief efforts in Oklahoma.
5. Six months from now ask again. After a disaster like this the needs do not stop when the news coverage dies down. Six months from now the needs will be different, but there will still be needs.
For an uplifting story from Moore click below: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/oklahoma-tornado-video-2013-survivor-interview-big-dog-19231436