I have really appreciated the outpouring of support here in Memphis, and beyond. People I haven't seen in years have reached out to check on how my family and friends are - and how I'm doing from so far away.
Lauren Squires, a Memphis news reporter at WMC-TV, contacted me last night on her way to Moore to ask about my family. Today, Lauren interviewed my mom (a retired Moore Public Schools teacher) about the devastation in her neighborhood. I haven't seen photos yet, but hopefully I will tonight. Lauren promised to send me video of my street via the news here in Memphis. I will be watching! 10 PM CST tonight on Channel 5. A HUGE thank you to Lauren for stopping by to see my parents. It's so nice to feel the Memphis community supporting my hometown of Moore.
I have now learned how to donate to the Moore Public Schools. As you know, the Moore Schools were hit hard during the tornadoes. Multiple schools were hit, children were injured and killed, and the school administration building was hit.
On a personal note, I went to Moore Public Schools from kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated from Moore High School. The Moore school district is fairly large with 3 high schools, 5 junior high schools, and 22 elementary schools.
I grew up in a divorced family with quite a bit of uncertainty in my life when I was young. The teachers in Moore worked tirelessly to help me to become the best student that I could be. Their dedication helped me to earn scholarships that allowed me to go to college in New York and put my life on the right path. I give the Moore Schools so much credit for who I have become.
I just received a personal call from one of the school board members from Moore Public Schools. She said that the city has enough water, enough work gloves, etc. The victims have places to stay at night. What she said they really need are financial donations for the schools. Moore Public Schools is going to build two new schools this year in addition to all of the repair work that will be required from the tornado damage.
There are so many choices when it comes to giving, but I highly recommend donating to Moore Public Schools. The heart of the community of Moore lies in its amazing school system.
If you want to give, you can do so by mail at this time. I just received word that the Moore Public Schools technology center was destroyed, so an online donation site is not yet available. As soon as it's up, I will provide that information.
Update: You can now make a donation online. Click here to donate via credit card on the First American Bank site. It's easy and takes less than 5 minutes!
If you mail a donation, this is the place to do it. You can designate how you want the money to be used, or you can send a general donation.
The Moore Public Schools Foundation
PO Box 6100
Moore, OK 73153
Please note that this address has been updated because Moore Public Schools created a P.O. Box to be used specifically for donations. The previous address will still work; it is the address to send to the school administration building. Here's a link to the website that specifies this address: http://www.bankfab.com/donate/.