NORMAN — Tornado help provided by federal and state agencies, as well as nonprofits like the United Way and American Red Cross, has made the recovery process smoother for many victims.
But the role of faith-based organizations cannot be minimized, especially following the May 19 tornado. County commissioners this week singled out several small churches in far eastern Cleveland County and western Pottawatomie County for their help following the May 19 “Pecan Valley” storm.
Those tornado victims often felt overlooked in light of the larger tornado that hit Moore on May 20, taking 24 lives. Two fatalities were reported May 19.
One church parking lot became disaster central for storm first responders. The sheriff’s department set up its command post in the parking lot. Some of the churches are feeding and housing volunteer workers who are still arriving to help the area.
Our hats are off to the churches. Many of their members were tornado victims themselves. Long after the state and federal agencies have pulled out, the churches still will be there to help.
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