NORMAN — A local church recently gave away more than $25,000 in cash and gift cards to Moore teachers who lost teaching supplies in the May 20 tornado.
On July 14, Elevate Church in Moore gave 81 teachers a $250 check to re-supply their classrooms. Many support staff and paraprofessionals were honored with gift cards to a local restaurant.
When the tornado hit the Moore area in May, several Elevate families were digging out of the rubble while others rushed to give aid, supplies and financial support.
Within days, friends, family and churches in various cities offered their support.
Pastor Steven Earp said since Elevate started, the church wanted to spend less on buildings and staff and more on people and community needs.
“I’m excited because this helps further a culture of generosity at Elevate that will last many years,” Earp said. “These teachers lost thousands of dollars in personal teaching supplies. They protected our kids. They rode out of the storm in the schools experiencing the scariest thing most will ever endure. They are heroes and we don’t say it enough.”
Elevate Church is less than two years old. About 300 people attend service each week.