Helping OU Families hurt by local tornadoes

The OU Foundation uses the verb “impacted” in the description of this Help OUr Neighbor Fund, but let’s be clear: this is OU faculty, staff, and students who lost homes or property in the May 19-20, 2013 tornadoes.  They’ve been hurt—if not physically, then emotionally and financially.  They’ll need help not only now, but long after the national news crews have left Moore, Newcastle, and south Oklahoma City for the Jodi Arias sentencing.

I am guessing (and sorry to put her on the spot) that Karen Renfroe can answer any questions about this fund, but it makes perfect sense: the OU Foundation has the financial might and infrastructure to both collect and distribute emergency money for those members of the OU family whose need arose so suddenly but will last a lot longer.

The Help OUr Neighbor Fund has been created to benefit OU faculty, staff and students who lost homes or property in the recent tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. Any and all donations received in this fund will go directly to those students or employees whose homes and property were lost. All gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support and considering helping those members of our OU family who have lost so much in this tragic incident.

It sounds too antiseptic for the reality to me. Think about where you lived during the summers in Norman, or think about where your professors or GAs lived.  Imagine that wiped out on a Monday afternoon. Now remember your bank balance at the time, and how much insurance you had on an apartment or rental house.

Now think about what help would mean next week, and next month, after this week’s bottled water and hot meals are memories. And think about your bank balance today.

I have heard no reports of any affected Pride members or alumni being hurt by the tornadoes, but there was more to everyone’s OU experience than The Pride.  If you are able, please give to help the OU family recover from these storms once the live reports stop.