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July 5, 2013

Oklahoma art benefits storm victims



“A lot of times where words fail a song can speak to someone,” he said. “We hope this song can bring some peace and healing to people who are in the trenches out there and going through it. We were out there and saw it — it’s unbelievable. But it's not going away for those people. It's going to last for a long time. We just hope that this song can help some of those people who are dealing with some of the struggles.”

The couple is working on recording the song to place on iTunes with the ultimate goal of proceeds going to Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma. For more information visit or

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When Mitchell’s Jewelry owner Gina Mitchell’s 12-year-old daughter, Cloie, heard about the devastation from the tornadoes she immediately began creating an image with a rainbow and the text “Pray for Oklahoma.”

Soon after Gina said they were using Cloie’s image as an inspiration for a piece of jewelry. The finished product is the shape of Oklahoma with Cloie’s original concept of a rainbow and text.

Mitchell’s Jewelry is selling the piece for $50 as a necklace, charm or lapel pin with all proceeds donated to United Way to distribute locally toward tornado recovery efforts.

Gina said creating the jewelry was a way for her family to process what had happened as well as a way to give back to the community. She hopes the jewelry serves as a memento for those who purchase it.

“We have all been touched and heart-broken because there’s so many that have been effected by the tornadoes and we’re just hoping to give a little bit back towards the healing of our state,” Gina said.

Brockhaus Jewelry has also created a pendant to help commemorate the May 2013 storms. The stamped, silver pendants feature the shape of Oklahoma on a round disc with either a stamped heart inside the state shape or a raised, pink gold heart. The back will of the pendant will include the text “Remember May 2013.”

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