Thursday, May 23, 2013

The damage in Moore gets personal: Diana's story

I've done my best not to include names or details of my friends who have lost their homes to protect their privacy.  I think now is the time though to share those details as many of them need help.

My friend Diana (Medina) Bracelin's house was hit hard during the tornado this week in Moore.  It's a total loss, so there is nothing left for Diana or her family.  Diana is supporting two children: her daughter Kirsten who is 18 and her niece who is 21.  Her niece had just moved to Moore from Louisiana to attend college at the University of Central Oklahoma. 

I have known Diana since I was 5 years old.  We were in the same kindergarten class at East Hills Elementary School in Moore, and went all the way through high school together at Moore High School.  East Hills was a warehouse building that was temporarily converted into a school. 

These three women are in need of help.  Below is a list of the things that Diana needs to keep her family afloat.
  • Clothes:
    • Jeans - size 2 and size 6
    • Shoes - size 7
    • Shirts - size small
  • Toiletries:
    • Eye contact solution
    • Shampoo
    • Body lotion
    • Other toiletries products (I would guess possibly feminine products, little makeup items like mascara, razors, a hair dryer, etc.)
Diana, her daughter, and her niece are currently staying at her sister's house.  Below is the address where you can drop off or mail any items.  If you stop by, please give her a hug for me!
Diana Bracelin
627 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Here's a photo of Diana from elementary school.  I was hoping to post one from kindergarten, but I've miss placed that yearbook.

Here's a photo of Diana with her daughter Keirstin in happier times, just a few weeks ago.

Here are photos of Diana's house since the tornado moved through Moore.

If you are interested to help an individual, this is a great way to do it.  I know that Diana and her family will appreciate your help!

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