If you live in an area that is taking physical donations (emergency supplies, etc.), please note that rescue items are getting soaked because of all of the rain. As a result, rescue volunteers and Moore residents are looking for plastic totes. You can purchase one of these at Walmart for as little as $5. Please consider adding one of these to your donations.
I am not a victim in the recent tornado outbreaks.
But I do live in Oklahoma. I know just how scary those sirens are. How your heart feels like it’s going to beat right out of your chest, and all you can think to ask for is that it misses you, and that if it does hit, that you and your loved ones make it out alive. Because, in the end, that’s all that matters.
The recent outbreak of storms happened just hours from my home. The day of the Moore tornado (and the entire evening before), we spent hours watching the television, waiting to see if the storms passing through our area would develop into something more dangerous than some heavy rain, wind and hail. We made sure that everyone had shoes on, just in case. My husband and I had to work on remembering to use our calm voices. We distracted the kids with frozen pizza for dinner. We watched a movie. All the while, I kept checking my phone for updates.
But again, we are safe. Our home is safe. We didn’t experience anything worse than a good old thunderstorm and some wind.
I wouldn’t call us lucky because I don’t think that this has anything to do with “luck.” But I do know that we cannot even begin to comprehend what life is like right now for those in Moore, OK. Some lost their children. Some lost their homes and belongings. Some lost everything. They’ve lost their sense of safety and security. Some victims may be haunted by the sounds of sirens and winds that sound like jet planes for a long time. Some may be haunted forever.
Right now, there are people helping. Volunteers are helping victims try to piece their lives back together. Cities all across Oklahoma are gathering donations. The Red Cross is already involved. But what has touched me even more is that there are people outside of Oklahoma looking for a way to help. Though they may never have even heard a tornado siren in their life, they can imagine for a moment what it must be like to lose everything in a matter of seconds. They are reaching out to help in any way they can.
- Shelly Crane, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author is donating 100% of proceeds from Wide Awake to the Oklahoma victims.
- Jennifer L. Armentrout is holding an auction with some pretty awesome book titles. Highest bidder gets the prize and she’ll match the winning bid and donate all funds to the Moore victims.
There may be more out there, but this is who I have so far. If you know of any other authors (or even just amazing people doing some amazing things to help out), please leave the information in the comment section or contact me via Facebook.
People will be talking about the Moore victims for a while, but it takes years to rebuild a town, to rebuild lives. Some will never be the same, even after they’ve replaced the material items. If you want to help, these amazing authors are giving fans a simple, easy way to do so. But you can also make donations to the American Red Cross. They take any amount, and every little bit helps.