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July 31, 2013

Help OUr Neighbor assists more than 100 storm victims

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced Tuesday that more than 100 students, faculty and staff members from the University of Oklahoma have received financial support to help in their recovery from the May tornadoes.

The Help OUr Neighbor Fund was created by members of the OU community in an effort to help OU students and employees who have suffered devastating and tragic losses.

On May 21, Boren announced that all donations to the fund would go directly to helping those members of the OU family who were impacted by the May tornadoes.

The overwhelming response and generosity of OU friends around the world resulted in donations exceeding $200,000. More than 900 individuals donated to the fund. Several large gifts from OU alumni also were given, including a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

“The response to this initiative has been inspiring,” Boren said. “These generous gifts have made a difference in the lives of those who suffered as a result of the May tornadoes.

“I want to express my deep appreciation to all of our members of the OU family, including our alumni, who contributed to the Help OUr Neighbor Fund. It is heartwarming to be a part of a university where people care so much about each other.”

All OU faculty, staff and students were encouraged to nominate their peers who had suffered losses from the storms. The success of the campaign provided for substantial help to be given to every nominated OU student, faculty and staff member who was in need of assistance.

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