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July 5, 2013

Oklahoma art benefits storm victims

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NORMAN —

Verizon Wireless is offering a text-to-donate capability before, during and after Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert. Currently, customers of any wireless carrier may donate by texting the keyword “REBUILD” to 52000, which will give an automatic $10 donation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Verizon Wireless customers will be limited to five text donations.

Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. Agencies must clearly prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support. Organizations that receive United Way disaster fund assistance will be evaluated and held strictly accountable. The May Tornado Relief Fund will serve not only immediate needs, but intermediate, and long-term care for years to come.

Debby Hampton, United Way of Central Oklahoma President and CEO, said the United Way has been overwhelmed with generosity from artists and the public alike.

“I’m not surprised because that’s what Oklahoma does,” she said. “We have received contributions from all over the world and letters from children. It’s amazing how this disaster has impacted the world and they have really come through on all levels.”

Student actors pay it forward

Sooner Theatre’s cast and staff for “Seussical the Musical” couldn’t act out the whimsical story of Horton the Elephant selflessly protecting his friends without being inspired themselves.

The cast of 63 third to seventh grade students began collecting books during rehearsals to later donate to Moore Books for Moore Kids, a group collecting new and gently used books to rebuild the libraries of Moore elementary schools, Plaza Towers and Briarwood, destroyed in the May 20 tornado.

Melany Pattison, co-director of “Seussical the Musical,” said the drive was the perfect way to teach her students about service.

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