Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Better Stories - Tornado Recovery


May 20, 2013, was a devastating day. Tornadoes ripped through central Oklahoma and crippled thousands of people across our state. The First United Methodist Church in Moore found itself at ground zero; there was so much need right in front of them.

Many people had lost everything. They didn’t know where the next meal would be; they didn’t even have a place to spend the night. Moore-First UMC opened its Family Life Center as a temporary shelter, but the church family knew more would need to be done.

The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation was able to reach out with gift cards.

While other organizations manage the bigger details of disaster recovery and cleanup, some of the smaller needs can be overlooked.

But those gift cards provided a toothbrush, a fresh change of clothes, a motel room, or a meal out. They supplied the basic items that kept day-to-day living closer to normal as people affected by the tornadoes began to rebuild.

Oklahoma generosity

Thanks to funds from a wide variety of sources, a story of strength and unity in the face of disaster was told. The Foundation is blessed to be a part of stories like this.

Do you want to tell a better story?

Contact David Battles at 800-259-6863 or dbattles@okumf.org for information on how you can tell a Better Story through a legacy gift.


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