You know when terrible events like this happen, I don't know about you, but i always feel just helpless. I feel like I have no skill that can help in a situation like this. Living here in Western NY we deal with some snow and cold, but never anything even remotely like this.
People not only have lost their loved ones and suffered terrible injuries, but their homes, businesses and schools are destroyed too.
Sitting here feeling helpless, I wanted to do something other than just sending $$ to the Red Cross. Not that I don't like the Red Cross, I just wanted to impact a "little guy" like me. A small Mom and Pop business person.
Here was my solution:
I went over the map of the damage, searched for a sub shop (that didn't get destroyed) and gave them a donation towards feeding our first responders. Turns out the sub shop i called had already made 750 subs (ALL NIGHT) on their own dime just to get people fed.
I spoke with the owner who took my credit card info to help pay for it. This man was SO grateful. Many who know me, know that I tend to shun religion and anything that has to do with it. However, this guy is in Oklahoma, right in the bible belt, and he really believes that stuff with all of his soul. With his voice cracking when he said "god BLESS you" I could feel the depth of his faith (and his pain), and i believe that he REALLY meant it.
He then was so kind as to send me photos of his employees making all those subs and some pics of our hero first responders.
If anyone else would like to help, here is the Sub Shop....ask for Scott, he is the owner:
7500 South Santa Fe Avenue #600
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan