Support pours in for residents of Moore, greater OK City

By Land Line staff | Thursday, May 23, 2013

Donations continue to pour in for support relief and rebuilding efforts for victims of the tornado that hit Moore and the greater Oklahoma City area on May 20.

The head of the Oklahoma Trucking Association says they’ve run out of warehousing space in Moore for the truckloads of donated relief supplies that have come in.

Dan Case told “Land Line Now” that the appeal now is for cash donations to the relief agencies, and he says the response has been overwhelming.

“With the grace of God and the American people,” says Case. “You can’t believe all the states that’ve called in and offered aid to us. It’s tremendous. I just can’t say enough good things about the American people right now.”

Among those large corporations that were quick to pledge help are Love’s Travel Stops, which announced it is donating $3 million to the Moore recovery effort. The first $1 million will be designated to the OK Strong Relief Fund established this week by Gov. Mary Fallin to meet the long-term needs of victims in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Another donation of $500,000 will be given to Catholic Charities. The remaining $1.5 million will fund a benefit event to honor those affected by the storm and to raise additional relief funds.

“Our company has been engrained in the fabric of Oklahoma since 1964.  Our hearts are saddened by the news of this tragedy affecting so many of our friends and neighbors,” said Tom Love, Chairman and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those impacted by this horrific event.”

Love’s Travel Stops operates 63 stores in Oklahoma, including several in close proximity to the destruction path.

Walmart announced this week it plans to give $1 million in cash and “in-kind” donations to help with relief efforts in Oklahoma. After the tornado hit, Walmart was one of the first companies to respond by activating its Emergency Operations Center, which reached out to its own employees in Oklahoma, plus offered assistance to the state of Oklahoma and other federal partners.

ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, which both got their start in Oklahoma, each will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross and match employee donations to the relief effort. Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced it will donate $500,000 to the Red Cross as well.

Toyota announced a $250,000 donation. The Volkswagen of America Foundation, which was created by Volkswagen Group of America Inc., announced today that it will make an immediate donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity to help with the disaster relief.

Meanwhile, residents of Moore, OK, whose homes were destroyed by Monday’s tornado were allowed back into their neighborhoods for a few hours on Wednesday to recover what personal items they could before the bulldozers move in.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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