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    Posted May 21, 2013 by
    RexP75
    Location
    Moore, Oklahoma
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Massive tornado hits Oklahoma

    RexP75 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Tornado pummels Moore, Oklahoma
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    Devastation in Mid-America overcome by the goodness of people.

     
    Amidst utter devastation, shock and terror Oklahomans are doing what they do best. Pulling together and responding to fellow Oklahomans in need and giving anything and everything they can to help. The outpouring of volunteers and resources is truly amazing. Food, water and supplies coming in from every direction from individuals to church groups to large companies and restaurants. Bags and bags of food from local restaurants, gallons of coffee from Starbuck's, cases of water and gatorade from individuals, diapers, formula, medical supplies and the list goes on. So many things were being donated that we actually had to request the resources be redirected to other areas. I met a woman who had gone to her local grocery store with her friends and purchased hot dogs and buns and actually fired up a grill they brought and started cooking hot dogs for displaced residents and volunteers.
    I witnessed this generousity at the Moore community center where the Redcross had set up shelter, food and first aid for victims and I am so proud, not only of my fellow Oklahomans doing what they do almost instinctively now but also of the response from people out of state. I met a trauma surgeon from Dallas, TX that came up to offer his services and expertise wherever needed. He even offered to dig through the rubble searching for victims if that's where he was most needed. I saw license plates on vehicles that had responded from many of the surrounding states. They had put there own lives back at home on hold to give to us in anyway needed and I was in shock once again, only this time not at the unfathomable destruction I witnessed but in shock of the overwhelming kindness and heart of people.
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