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UPDATE: Oklahoma tornado relief campaign provides much needed assistance
The May storms across Oklahoma hit with a force most had never experienced before.
The May 20 tornado tore through Moore hitting residents where it hurt most... schools.
That's when the help arrived.... and it hasn't left since.
But ultimately, it's up to Moore residents and leaders themselves to rebuild and restore.
Thanks to the tornado relief town hall meeting on Thursday... all that help was finally in one place.
A chance for residents to personally ask those in charge of insurance, schools, and FEMA how to move on.
It was also a chance to give back.
More than 220-thousand dollars was raised by viewers through Sinclair Broadcast Group...the parent company of this station... and that includes a 50-thousand dollar match by Sinclair.
A check for more than 44-thousand dollars was given to each of these groups: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Moore And Shawnee Community Relief Fund, Shelter Oklahoma Schools, Feed The Children and The Salvation Army.
Money that will ultimately go back into the hands of the victims working to put their lives and their homes back together.
Your contributions plus those across the country raised 595-thousand dollars for the American Red Cross to help with tornado relief efforts.
We want to sincerely thank you for your kindness and extreme generosity in helping to bring new hope to the people affected by those tornados in Oklahoma.