Firefighters mop up hot spots after major blazes such as the ones that broke out across the state in early August. Others help mop up the shattered lives of those left homeless — or helpless — following fires and other disasters.
All Oklahomans are grateful for the sacrificial work of firefighters, laboring in intense heat to control the uncontrollable, and the police officers who helped with evacuations, directing traffic and keeping damaged property secure. We should be equally appreciative of social service agencies such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army that are on site before the smoke clears.
Many partner agencies of United Way of Central Oklahoma are involved with disaster recovery in some way. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are two of them. Another is Catholic Charities. Other United Way partner agencies assist as needed in the wake of disasters.
Last year, United Way of Central Oklahoma raised a record $22,200,701 in donations for distribution to more than 60 partner agencies. On Sept. 7 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, United Way will kick off its 2012 campaign. The fundraising goal will be announced at that time. Major employers, known in United Way parlance as “Pacesetters,” have already begun their campaigns.