News and Tribune

May 25, 2013

LETTER: Oklahomans need our help


— On May 20, Oklahoma was devastated by horrific tornadoes that swept through their communities wiping out homes, businesses, schools and so much more.

Our community knows exactly what people in Oklahoma are facing. It wasn’t that long ago that we were in this same position. There was so much work to be done and even more healing. But we all came together to offer our support, guidance, resources and time to help with the rebuilding efforts

A lot has been accomplished in Southern Indiana although there is still work to be done. Now another community needs our help. Without the outpouring of support we received in the wake of our own disaster from people across the country — and world — much of what we’ve been able to accomplish would not have been possible. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana received hundreds of donations from all over the world to our Disaster Relief Fund, to support our efforts and help rebuild each community impacted by the March 2, 2012, tornadoes.

The work in Oklahoma to clean up and rebuild is just beginning. It’s impossible to put a value on the loss of life or the emotional needs that people are going to have, but the early estimates are that it will cost $2 billion to rebuild the communities in Oklahoma — and they need our help.

If you would like to help the people of Oklahoma, you can donate to the disaster relief fund established by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation at www.occf.org. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will have a great amount of work to do as it focuses on supporting the greatest needs in their community. Your support will be as valuable to them now as it was to us just a year ago.

Thank you for your continued support of our community.

— Linda Speed, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana