Thursday, June 6, 2013

Relief for Those Fly Over States?

On the afternoon of May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado, with peak winds estimated at 210 miles per hour struck Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. The tornado killed 23 people and injured about 377 others. The tornado was part of a larger weather system that had produced several other tornadoes over the previous two days. The tornado stayed on the ground for a horrifying 39 minutes over a 17-mile damage path, crossing through a heavily populated section of Moore. The tornado was 1.3 miles wide at its peak. Despite the tornado following a roughly similar track to the even deadlier 1999 Briar Creek to Moore twister and very few homes and neither of the stricken schools had purpose-built storm shelters. Between 12,000 and 13,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, and 33,000 lives were affected.[Most areas in the path of the storm suffered catastrophic damage. Entire subdivisions were obliterated, and houses were flattened in a large swath of the city. The majority of a neighborhood just west of the Moore Medical Center was destroyed. Witnesses said the tornado more closely resembled "a giant black wall of destruction" than a typical twister...
President Obama declared a major disaster in the state, ordering federal aid to the affected and Obama visited the disaster-stricken areas on May 26.

On May 29, NBC had aired Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert, a fundraising concert hosted by country superstar Blake Shelton, an Oklahoma native. Blake and Miranda gave a very emotional performance on The Voice singing Miranda's multiple award winning hit, "Over You," which the couple had written together.

Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, another Oklahoma native tweeted, “Pray. That’s all we can do. Pray for peace for Oklahoma.”

Other featured performances included Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan. The concert raised more than $6 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

Carrie Underwood, a proud native of Checotah, Oklahoma had given a VERY generous gift to help victims in Oklahoma, her homestate. Carrie stepped forward to help out her home state after the devastating tornado that struck on May 20th. The ‘Blown Away’ singer has donated a pretty penny to the American Red Cross.

“I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness,” Underwood says. “With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes," Carrie said.

 I realized that this catastropic tragedy jeopardized so many lives in the heart of this country. It really made me realize how fortunate I am and that I am really and truly... BLESSED.

You never really recognize what you have and what fortunes you have until you lose it, or watch someone else lose everything from the sidelines. It's sad to think that some people are never satisfied with anything they have or are given. Always wanting more more more trying to keep up with "the Jones'" while someone somewhere is losing their job, their car, their home... It breaks my heart to see that this twister took everything from these poor victims. Farmers who work so hard for a living day in and day out just to see that a twister took all that they hold dear and spent their life working for.

Say a prayer for the lives who were devastated by the storm in Moore before you lay your head down in a comfortable bed, in your warmed home; two things so many victims in Oklahoma have lost. I can't stop thinking about them and all that they've lost.

 I'm very thankful to have my little home with a warm bed and a roof over my head with a healthy daughter and little Burton to love. Never take what ya got for granted cause someone, somewhere is wishin they were as fortunate you are. Please find it in your heart to make a donation to American Red Cross to help those in need during this tragic and difficult time.

"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolored painted sky, you'll think heaven's doors have opened. Then you'll understand why God made those Fly Over States." -Jason Aldean.

Donate today to help the victims of Oklahoma! Call 1-800-HELP-NOW or click today at You can also help donate by clicking the link below:

Every little bit helps and a little can go a long way!

❤#Pray #Donate #AmericanRedCross #PrayForOklahoma #MooreOK

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