Archive for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Local organizations aim to support tornado victims

May 21, 2013


Lawrence residents can empathize with the citizens of Moore, Okla.: Both live in Tornado Alley and are thus particularly susceptible to the whims of Mother Nature. That's why many local people spent time Tuesday figuring out how they could help those in the Oklahoma City suburb, which was leveled by an EF5 tornado Monday that left two dozen people dead and many more injured and homeless.

"We are definitely taking up an offering this Sunday at service for the people of Oklahoma City who have been devastated by the tornado," said the Rev. Peter Luckey, senior pastor at Lawrence's Plymouth Congregational Church. "I think the feeling is the tornado could just as well have happened in Lawrence, Kansas, as opposed to Moore, Oklahoma. We feel we need to step up and be generous and respond to their terrible pain."

Jane Blocher, executive director of American Red Cross of Douglas County, said Tuesday that she had heard from local residents either wanting to donate their time or money to the people of Moore.

Expressing a similar sentiment as other relief agencies Tuesday, she said the best way to help the victims is to contribute monetarily. The Red Cross only uses specially trained volunteers, and bringing goods to a local chapter is cost prohibitive because the organization would have to pay to transport it. It's also best for the funds to be spent closer to the disaster site to help get their local economies back up and running, she said.

How to help victims of Moore, Okla., tornado

• To donate through the Red Cross, visit, call 800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. Mail contributions to American Red Cross of Douglas County, 2518 Ridge Court, Lawrence, KS, 66046, or call the local office at (785) 843-3550 to donate using a credit card.

• To give through The Salvation Army, go to or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks written to Oklahoma Tornado Relief can be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

• To contribute through United Way, visit, or write a check to May Tornado Relief and mail it to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management also made such a request Tuesday, urging donors to give money rather than donating goods or showing up in the central-Oklahoma community in person. A volunteer's presence can put a strain on already limited food and shelter resources, the department said. Any requests for civilian emergency responders come through official channels like the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and National Guard Bureau. The Lawrence National Guard Armory reported Tuesday it hadn't yet received any such request. KDEM also recommended donating through reputable organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way.

After the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament in Oklahoma City was delayed because of the tornado, the Kansas University baseball team decided to help out. Players raised $1,200 to put toward supplies and bottled water for people devastated by the storm, and they planned to do community-service work as well.

Lt. Matt McCluer, of The Salvation Army's Lawrence chapter, said his organization plans to send out mail appeals for aid for the tornado victims and be on call for other volunteering and fundraising opportunities.

The Red Cross' Blocher echoed the opinion that Lawrencians are particularly sympathetic toward the tornado victims.

"Douglas County has always made a significant impact financially by raising funds for any community impacted by a disaster," she said. "Anytime there's something that hits the Midwest — that hits close to home, and Douglas County never fails to step up."


blindrabbit 5 years ago

Thanks and good job on the home front to help the tornado situation in Oklahoma. But just wondering if the 2 jackass U.S. senators from Oklahoma Jim Mountain Inhofe and Tom Coburn feel a little guilty about Oklahoma taking federal disaster aid for this issue. These 2 were opposed to any aid to help out the Hurricane Sandy problem on the East Coast last Fall. Inhofe is especially out of touch, he being a dedicated denier to any science based Climate Change talk, and his chairmanship of the Senate committee dealing with this subject is legendary. Maybe the weather problems that seem to plague Oklahoma (Tornados, record drought, unprecedented ice storms, prairie fires and fire ants) are a payback for his shortsighted, god based ignorance. He is so well oiled by the petroleum industry, he does not need to be fracked.

appleaday 5 years ago

Here's the bill; The folks who voted against it didn't like the amount of money that they called "pork" which was funding for improvements in infrastrucure intended to mitigate future disasters. (Like, maybe if the levees in New Orleans had been taken care of before hurricane Katrina, the damage wouldn't have been so bad).

Here's an article from yesterday:

gr 5 years ago

(5) $111,000,000 for a weather satellite data mitigation gap reserve fund:

Maybe to be fair, you should list what the senators listed as objections to the bill?

Phoghorn 5 years ago


I am certainly not opposed to reinforcing the New Orleans Levees. I do think that this should be a separate bill from the Sandy relief however. Then the Sandy relief could be fast-tracked with minimal debate.

Although the levees are important, time would permit that bill to be edited and rewritten a few times to modify the fine details.

Phoghorn 5 years ago

My comment was in response to a good comment that got removed. Polite suggestion for LJW...would there be a way for the editor to just remove the one bad word in an otherwise excellent comment?

blindrabbit 5 years ago

none2: Only tossed in Climate Change because of the irony of the situation of Jim Inhofe and Oklahoma being "ground zero" for a bunch of recent climate related disasters. I you have ever read anything about Inhofe you would realize what a schmuck he is, from personal life issues, illegal flying incidents, and political ignorance (maybe the new Tom Delay). Not kidding ,since he came into office in the Sooner State, Oklahoma has been plagued by climatic problems which MAY be related to climate change and/or man induced factors, of course Inhofe relates all of this to natural factors with a healthy "God:" aspect thrown in. True Oklahoma has always had powerful weather and even Rogers and Hammerstein composed that into "Oklahoma", but more powerful tornados, major ice storms, record drought, prairie fires and my favorite :fire ant plagues cannot be refuted. Really, do I believe Jimmy had anything to with this, NO, but it is fun to heap on to this self righteous scallywag.

gr 4 years, 12 months ago

Ya, and you couldn't resist making a political stab out of other's suffering. Perhaps you'll feel a little guilty about doing it.

"by climatic problems which MAY be related to"

Isn't that very scientific of you. You speak of science based talk, but do you realize, "talk" is all it is? No science involved. Manipulated, tunneled, extrapolated, yes. But not science based.

"but it is fun to heap"

My, don't you have "fun" with science, seizing any opportunity try to insert your belief system?

Are you one who says: If it's hot, it's global warming. If it's cold, it's global warming. If it's just right, it's global warming. If there's less hurricanes, it's global warming. If there is a tornado where expected at the time expected, it's global warming. If grass burns, it's global warming.

Feelings rule. Science is not needed, huh?

blindrabbit 5 years ago

none2: Your Oklahoma governor who took the "white bible defense"" is now the President of the University of Oklahoma, kind of a "Boring:" situation if you get my drift.

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