Saturday, May 25, 2013

Helping In The Recovery *****God Bless Oklahoma***** (Warning All Kinds Of Pictures)

Utah Crew (Great People To Work With)
God Bless Oklahoma!!!!!  This morning, Tank and I were off to help anyone involved in the Oklahoma tornadoes needing assistance.  We spent most the entire day in Moore, and will be doing the same tomorrow.  Come Monday, we will be heading out to the city of Shawnee.   I want to take this opportunity to thank all the organizations, churches, and private companies, who came in from all over this country to assist the victims of Oklahoma.
Tank and I worked with two great groups of people, one out of Utah, and another from Denton, Texas. 

Becky Sampson, Tank, Me, & Aaron Browning
David Turquette and Carl Robison From Denton, TX
Great Group of Guys to Work With
Carl Robison and Tank (My Son)
 God Is Love!!!!
Devastation and New Power Poles Coming In
Getting Everything Out
Part of Out Patient Hospital - A Car Was On The Roof (Can't See Here)

One of the Houses We All Worked Belonged
To a 60+ Year Old Woman On Hospice (God Bless Her)
Matt (Son  In Law To 60 + Year Old Woman)
First load made to rented storage unit.
Vans Pig Stand Restaurant (Gone Just The Drive Thru Sign Remains)

If you’re interested in helping:

The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams.

Donations can be made to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks.

Donate by phone: (800) 725-2769. Donate online: Donate by text: Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery, and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity.

Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase the items that are deemed necessary, without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work the donated product.

To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to or call 604-7111or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.

The Knights of Columbus Oklahoma State Council has begun organizing relief efforts in and around Moore. To donate to assist relief and recovery through Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., go online to at or mail a check to: Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., Oklahoma Fund, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.

American Red Cross   Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods, and other crises, can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter, and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

Central Oklahoma Humane Society
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is in need of towels, paper towels, bleach, gloves, and crates to help with lost and injured animals. "Currently our greatest need is financial donations to help us treat and house lost and injured animals at our facilities," the society says on its site. Donations can be made online here and should be designated for the "OK Humane Disaster Relief Fund."  Phone:  1-405-607-8991

Volunteers on the Ground from Utah – Becky  Sampson  At the present time, what is really needed to help the victims of Moore: boxes, tape, and heavy garbage bags, to move personal items, clothing, paperwork, linen items, kitchen items etc…

Directly from Becky Sampson’s Facebook page: We need to buy MOORE boxes. If you a can help...$50 donation gets us 35 more HUGE boxes for people out here in Oklahoma! Any donation is welcomed!

The pay pal account is "LDS MEET ME" but rest assured 100% of the money is being used for the the relief efforts!’’

If you’re interested in making a donation and want to see all agencies participating in helping Oklahoma, please query the internet or news stations.

Resources: NewsOK, Red Cross, USNews/NBC, Becky Sampson Facebook



  1. Bless you & yours for doing this Sandy.

    1. DFW,

      I'm honored to help fellow Oklahomans, they would help me if my house was gone.

      Thank you for your kind words my friend :-)

  2. dear sweet Sandy - i always knew that you were beautiful on the inside, so thanks for sharing a pic of yourself so that now we can all see that you are just as beautiful on the outside! i am very happy that you shared this post with all of the pics - the devastation is unbelievable....but so are the acts of kindness demonstrated by you and Tank and all of the other volunteers! it is through acts of kindness and helping others that we truly share our love and hope for humanity! thank you for this post!

    a big hug being sent your way from me and jambaloney. your friend,

    1. Sweet Kymber,

      I had to wear sunglasses, the light was so strong on the eyes plus the dust flying in the air with insulation is bad. Our family likes to help when we can, money doesn't grow on trees. We all have two hands, and these hands can do so much.
      We went back out today, it was uncomfortably hot and high humidity. Guess who decided to do media coverage in the heart of the devastation??? Someone from Wash., D.C. He's also here for the Memorial for the people lost in this tornado.
      Thank you for being great friends.
      Your Friend,
      Sandy xx00xx

  3. Thank you and all who are helping in any way they can.

    1. Gail,

      Thank you for being a wonderful supportive friend.

  4. hey sandy!

    kudos to you and tank for pitching in the way you did - that is one big heart you have.

    that is incomprehensible damage - those poor people... luckily enough there are people like you and your new friends in this world!!

    hugs to you,
    your friend,

    1. Jambaloney,

      The area is terrible, the last time I seen such damage was when Hurricane Andrew came through Florida. When you first see this devastation in person, it hits you in the heart. Thank you for your kinds words.

      A sign from one of the tornado victims was painted on the outside of a door propped up against what was left of their home. The sign said "You Hit Like A Girl". This Oklahoma victim still has a sense of humor.

      Your Friend,

  5. Wow, so much damage. How wonderful for you all to help!

    1. A Girl,

      This damage is going to take a long time to clear out, and for victims to rebuild or move.

      It's heart breaking when you drive into these area's to help, it looks like WWIII went through.

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    1. We were there to help those in need. There's so much work that needs to be done.

      Thank you!

  7. Your photos are both amazing and heartbreaking. I think there is nothing like grassroots level help. No bureaucracy to get in the way of "just do it!"

    1. Leigh,

      Thank you! That is the way it should always be :-)

  8. I found myself holding my breath as I read your post and viewed the photos! Such heartbreak! I'm so glad you have found wonderful people to work with! As my Nana used to say..."many hands make light work." Bless you and your family for being there and helping those that feel lost and helpless during this sad time! (((HUGS))) Thank you for posting the various ways that we, so far away, can help!