|Ferguson GM, Stewart Brown, gives American Red Cross Regional Chief Development Officer, Kelly Schneider, the check of $20,000|
It has been nearly a month since Moore, Oklahoma was ripped apart by a F5 tornado. The tornado traveled 17 miles across the American heartland, leaving a trail of destruction, and so many lives forever changed. The tornado formed just west of Newcastle, OK, near the Timberlake Reservoir as a F0 at around 3:00pm, it quickly grew into a deadly F5 tornado with wind speeds up to 210mph.
Once the damage was assessed, the tornado had claimed 23 peoples lives; including 7 children at Plaza Towers Elementary School, injured nearly 400 others, left thousand homeless, and caused an estimated $2 billion in damages.
After watching the news unfold, and seeing the pictures of shell-shocked residents, Ferguson Superstore wanted to help the victims and our fellow Oklahomans. Our store was founded by Tommy Ferguson, in Norman, Oklahoma in 1974 not far from where the tornado hit. We had to do something to help our neighbors in Moore.
We decided to donate $250 to the American Red Cross for every car we sold, through the end of May. We reached a total donation of $20,000 to give to the American Red Cross, in an effort to continue to support the victims of the severe storms that have ravaged Oklahoma over the past month. We could not have given this donation, without the generosity provided by our customers. We had people who matched our donation with their own. We are lucky to have such giving customers. Thank you to all who helped us reach $20,000. We are proud to be in Oklahoma, and to be in such a strong community. The donation was given to the Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross - the American Red Cross branch here in Tulsa, Ok.
The Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross is responsible for the safety and preparedness of 1.5 million people spread across 26,000 square miles in eastern Oklahoma. They reach 516 people every day in the 31 counties they serve. Severe weather has continued to hit Green Country after the Moore tornado. Our home town of Broken Arrow, was hit on May 31st and the Red Cross was right there to help.
The American Red Cross has done a tremendous job helping disaster victims. They were on the ground as soon as the tornado lifted. The Red Cross had 25 emergency response vehicles positioned to move at first light the Tuesday after the storm. The Red Cross is still helping victims of the deadly Joplin, Missouri tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011. There office is located 10151 E. 11th Street Tulsa, OK.