Butterfly plays softball for Cruces Pride and we will be going to Oklahoma later this month for a softball tournament. For the last two months we have planned activities and saved to make this a family vacation to remember. That all changed after watching the news the past few days. Tornados have devastated huge sections of Oklahoma. Moore, the community most affected, is just a few miles from the softball complex where we will play.
My daughter’s first reaction was “What can we do to help?”
It turns out, we can do a lot. When I told Chrisann Karches, President of Southwest Hazard Control, that we would be going to Oklahoma and wanted to help she didn’t hesitate. Not only did she agree to let us use a trailer to haul supplies to the affected areas, she pledged $250 in donations. So, now we have a good start but we can do more. Our goal is to fill up the trailer with items that they need the most.
I spoke to Christi with the Center for Children & Families, Inc. and the most critical need is for babies. They need formula, diapers and wipes. Four of the teenage mothers in their program have lost everything! I can’t even imagine the overwhelming hopelessness that many of these families are experiencing right now.CCFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. #73-0933253
Southwest Hazard Control will be accepting donations for the Center for Children and Families in Norman, Oklahoma to assist with disaster relief for tornado victims. Join us at Wal-Mart on Valley Drive in Las Cruces on Saturday May 25 from 12-3 to drop off donations or call (575) 202-0450 for pick up. Items most needed are as follows:
- bottled water,
- Gatorade/boxed juices,
- baby food
- diapers and wipes.
All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt from CCFI if requested. I am personally going to deliver the items to the agency so anything donated will go directly to the people who need it the most!
Please share this information with your family and friends. Right now, a case of water at Walmart will cost you just a couple of dollars. For families without access to water, it is priceless. I appreciate any and all the help you can give us.
An email from Christi Mackey, May 21, 2013:
Kristal – Thank you so much for your support! We just had a staff meeting to discuss immediate needs for our clients. We are currently determining what exactly our clients are specifically requesting for immediate needs, but it is difficult with limited cell phone and internet services. However, a few things our families are in need desperate need of are diapers/pull-ups, wipes and formula (Gerber Good Start – Gentle). If you would like to focus your collection on these things, please know it will be put to great use. Once we know more of additionally needs of our clients, I can shoot you a quick email.
It is truly remarkable what wonderful things we can accomplish with support from people like YOU! Thank you for thinking of Oklahoma during this time of need!
Christi Mackey, MA, MPA