Tornado relief efforts

By Ken Esten Cooke — As temperatures heat up in the Hill Country, unpredictable weather threatens to bring about more destruction. Recent hail storms caused severe damage throughout Fredericksburg, and damaged local peach and grape crops to the point where a viable crop may not make this year.

Far worse than not having tourism to take in our peach and grape crops is the threat of very real destruction such as that experienced in Moore, Okla., on Monday. Tornadoes devastated that town and took the lives of more than 20 people, including children in an elementary school.

And last Thursday, tornadoes destroyed 100 homes and displaced more than 250 people near Granbury, Texas.

On Monday, as destruction reigned to the north, there was a tornado watch for Gillespie, Kerr, Burnet and Llano counties. Our point here is that we never know when destruction in the form of a tornado (or massive hail storm) will strike. Indeed, as this goes to press on Tuesday, there are tornado warnings throughout Central Texas. And, “tornado season” has just begun.

We hope that those who are able will donate to help ease the worries of those dealing with the destruction of homes, schools and lives.

There are many ways to donate:

Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund - 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) Persons also can donate $10 to the Disaster Relief fund via text message by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. The donation will show up on your wireless bill.

Salvation Army - 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) Organization will send mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people each day. Text donations of $10 can be made by texting STORM to 80888 via cell phone. Checks may be mailed with “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief - Provides tree removal services, laundry and meals to victims of disasters. Requesting monetary donations, as clothing is not needed. Checks also may be sent to BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Operation USA - (1-800-678-7255) This Los Angeles-based international relief agency will provide aid to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Text donations of $10 may be made by texting AID to 50555.





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