Hi Friends. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has called, texted and emailed checking on me and my family. We are doing great and are insanely grateful to be alive and home-full. It’s been incredible to see the outpouring of love on Oklahoma. It reminds me of how gorgeous and generous people can be.
It has taken a couple days to find the emotional space to figure out how to help. Here is my post from the night of the tornado. It was a scary and exhausting for the entire region, I can’t even imagine how it must be for families directly effected by the aftermath. Yesterday, I went to Moore to find a way to help as Red Cross has been turning away volunteers because they are too overwhelmed to deal with them all. The neighborhoods are all blocked off by National Guard so I had to enter by foot. I walked for miles picking up trash and talking to people. The neighborhoods that are not as devastated still have tons of debris and damage to deal with. Here are some pictures. It is hard to get the resources needed to the people who need it when the devastation is this huge. I talked to an elderly woman who just didn’t have the strength to clean debris off her house because she was so worried about her neighbors and family. I’ve connected with some local teams and organizations and figured out the best ways that we can directly help. Some friends in California and local Oklahoma poets have organized a supply drive to collect easy bags of supplies for workers and families: here is the link to that. I have also set up a donation page on my website and here through WePay. Donations will be used to purchase necessary supplies such as suncreen, neosporin, bugspray, trashbags, tools for cleanup, gasoline for getting to and from location and to local resources that are working directly with families. If you would like to bypass RedCross, you can donate here:
If you would like to ship supplies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the shipping address.
I am so grateful for all of the folks who want to support. It just dawned on me today that I might be in a position to help people do that.
Heartyolk and Gratitude Ships,