The Disaster Preparedness and Recovery team recently responded to the wildfires in the western part of the state. They joined with other agencies and denominational disaster relief agencies at a MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center) and handed out gift cards. Over $6,000.00 was given to these victims who had lost so much.
There were over 400 sq. miles burned and a lot of homes and structures that went up in smoke. Many of the stories told were about losing a family’s homestead that went back several generations.
One gentleman shared that his family’s house was one of the oldest in the area, as it was 200 years old and he had to watch it burn. Some people were in their 70s or 80s and asked: “how do we start over?” But all of them seemed to have a good attitude and were very appreciative of all the support they were getting.As you can see from the photo, Jim Gorton and the Rev. Mary Davis from St. John’s, Woodward, were on hand to help give out gift cards and to listen to the stories of so many.
I would also like to thank anyone who contributes to the Disaster Relief Fund so we are able to reach out in times of need. This is just the beginning of recovery from this disaster, and it will take years to rebuild. We will be part of the long-term recovery plan, overseen by Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, just as we have been for other disasters. We are just now finishing up recovery work from the 2015 storms in the state. It takes time, a lot of labor hours, and funds after such a disaster to help the victims rebuild. That includes volunteers, as well as funds. If you would like to assist with recovery through financial gifts or other volunteer opportunities, please contact the Rev. Paul Snyder.
If you would like to contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund, please make your check out to “the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma” with “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo line, and mail it to:
The Episcopal Diocese of OklahomaAttn: Disaster Relief Fund924 North RobinsonOklahoma City, OK 73102
924 N. Robinson I Oklahoma City, OK 73102
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