I almost can’t even bear to watch or read any of the coverage of the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. My heart feels too bruised and battered from what seems like an endless stream of tragedies in the last six months alone: on a national scale, starting with Sandy Hook right through the Boston Marathon bombing, and on a personal scale, with the loss of my little sister. But part of being a human is caring for our fellow humans; of not turning away when we are able to help, in whatever small way we can. I couldn’t stand to read about the two schools that were flattened in the storm’s path, but I did find myself clicking on this video, and I’m glad I did, though I’m still wiping my eyes…
Watch this woman, who looks so much like my grandma, standing in front of the utter wreckage of her home, and the miracle that unfolds as she finds her little dog in the middle of being interviewed:
The simplest and fastest way to help is by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and donating $10 to The American Red Cross, which already has shelters open and is delivering hot meals to displaced people. You can also donate online at RedCross.org , or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger
The Huffington Post has a comprehensive list of other relief organizations you can support, including the Salvation Army, Operation USA and Feeding America, and TheFrisky has a good list of organizations local to the disaster site that are helping, including The Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Our hearts are with you, dear people of Oklahoma.
Top photo credit: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman