OKLAHOMA/ALABAMA - A group of church kids from Oklahoma really wanted to prepare care packages for the kids in Alabama affected by the tornadoes. They each made a care package and also a card of hope and encouragement for the kids that would receive them. Once they finished their care packages they shipped them to Melia Harvey in Alabama along with a box full of items they had left over and also a box full of handmade blankets. Melia is orginally from Oklahoma but now lives in Tuscaloosa. She contacted Billie-Jo Maxcey with S.A.F.E. (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies). The boxes wouldn’t fit in the trunk of her car and were so heavy that she and Billie-Jo both had to carry them. When asked about the contribution Maxcey said, “These kids made some wonderful care packages for kids of all ages. We can’t wait to distribute these out to the kids in Alabama. This is a such an inspirational story to show everyone that no matter how old you are you can make a difference. The Oklahoma kids are going to bless so many other kids with their love and support. They are forever in my heart. We love Oklahoma!!”
Oklahoma Children reach out to Alabama
Bob Graham grew up in Western North Carolina and moved to the Tennessee Valley in 2008. His work with Apple Computer brought him to the area and after leaving Apple this year he started his own company MidSouth Associates. Bob has a background in journalism and has assisted with several relief efforts in the past starting with Hurricane Hugo in 1989. He started stormHOPE.org following the April 27, 2011 tornados that ravaged Alabama and the southeastern United States with the hopes of capturing the amazing stories and using them to raise awareness of the continuing needs of the people affected around the country. Following the May 22 and 24th tornado outbreaks in the midwest stormHOPE has been actively involved in assisting with relief efforts there through its website and volunteers on the ground.