One of the things that makes our country so great is that in
times of crisis, everyone pulls together to lend a helping hand with no regards
to race, ethnicity, age, creed, or location. Often though, as in the case of
tragic shootings, there is very little we can do to help those in need except
offer up our prayers for their recovery. Today, though, there is plenty we can
do to help those victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
For many of us, this is a disaster that hits close to home.
Many of us have friends or family in the area. I myself have a sister in
Missouri (her town sits in the “red zone” today) and friends throughout the
Great Plains area. However, it is not just the people that need our help.
Remington Park and Celestial Acres, a training and breeding facility, were
among the facilities that took a direct impact by the storm that spawned the
EF4 tornado in Moore, OK. An exercise rider at Celestial Acres reported during an
interview that he believed only 1 out of the 80 horses on site had survived.
So how can we help?
Helping can be as simple as sending a text message. To
donate $10 to the Disaster Relief Fund, text the word REDCROSS to 90999. I made
a donation, and I encourage you to do the same. If you have any gently used
clothes or household items that families might need in the coming days, consider
donating them to the Salvation Army. If you are not the squeamish type,
consider donating blood.
To make a donation to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Program, please visit their website.
To directly help Celestial Acres and Orr Family Farm, visit their Facebook page and look for the link to Pay Pal.
There are a couple of options to directly help the horsemen affected by this tragedy. Credit and debit donations can be made by calling the Quarter Horse association at (405) 216-0440. Checks can be made out to the TRAO Benevolence Fund or the OQHRA Benevolence Fund (use the memo line 2013 Tornado) and sent to TRAO at 2620 NW Expressway, Suite A; Oklahoma City, OK 73112, or to the OQHRA, P.O. Box 2907, Edmond, OK 73083.
Oklahoma, we offer our condolences and prayers, and we will
continue to do whatever we can to help you during your time of need.