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Social media used to send prayers and condolences to Oklahoma in wake of deadly tornadoes

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

There has been an incredible outpouring of prayers and sympathy from around the world since deadly and devastating tornadoes ripped through Moore and south Oklahoma City this afternoon, less than a day after Shawnee and Carney were among the Oklahoma towns to be ravaged Sunday by twisters.

Here is just a sampling of the condolences, well-wishes and prayers from notable figures in the sports, music, TV and movie spheres, via Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, #PrayforOklahoma was trending from moments after Moore tornado hit until well into this evening. My excellent colleague Anthony Slater has rounded up more Twitter reactions from the sports world here.

“Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen…it doesn’t change how devastating it is when something does happen. #pray … I’m thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight.”

- Checotah native Carrie Underwood ‏@carrieunderwood

“Pray. That’s all we an do. Pray for peace for Oklahoma.”

- Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert @mirandalambert

“All my prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma dealing with these tornados. Stay safe everyone!!!!”

- Chockie native Reba McEntire @reba

“Hometown got hit for the gazillionth time. Rise again Moore Oklahoma. Godspeed. Prayin – T”

- Norman resident/Moore-bred country superstar Toby Keith @TobyKeithMusic

“The devastation through my home state of Oklahoma is staggering. All of my prayers are w/the victims, especially all those little kids. XOX”

- Oklahoma City-born and bred actress Olivia Munn @oliviamunn

“Thoughts and prayers go out to all our fellow Oklahomans hit by today’s tornados.”

- Tulsa-based band Hanson @hansonmusic

“I think my area of OK is out of the serious danger. Please send prayers thoughts & whatever you can to the hard-hit areas.”

- Tulsa author S.E. Hinton @se4realhinton

“Please everyone, pray for Oklahoma!”

- Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth @KChenoweth

“the loss of life and properly in our little Oklahoma is in fathomable at this time. Get on your knees people there are children missing”

- Shawnee-rooted electro-pop band Shiny Toy Guns @shinytoyguns

“My family and I are safe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of devastation. Please pray for Oklahoma. I’ll let you know how you can help.”

- Oklahoma City Christian recording artist Jami Smith @jamismith

“If you have dollars, give em…. if you have clothes, donate em… if you have heads, bow em…. Looking for bands to help raise some funds for the Moore (and surround areas) tornado disaster. June 9. The Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis, OK has been gracious enough to donate their place. Now just need players and supporters. Please share″

- Stillwater-based red dirt band Bo Phillips Band @BoPhillipsBand and Facebook

“Praying for the victims of the Tornadoes in OKC these last few days..Everybody stay safe!”

- Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant @KDTrey5

“Pray for the people and families of the people in OKC. This is a true tragedy.”

- Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook via Facebook

“Again, pray for OKC… Everybody stay safe!”

 - Oklahoma City Thunder star @sergeibaka9

“Thoughts and Prayers to all affected by the tornado today.”

- Oklahoma City Thunder star Thabo Sefolosha @ThaboSefolosha

“Thoughts and prayers to my hometown OKC. Luckily my family is safe. I have lived in OK a long time. This one might be the worst!”

- Oklahoma City-born and bred NFL star Wes Welker @WesWelker

“Praying for everyone in Oklahoma City. This is crazy!”

- Former Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harden @JHarden13

“Devastating damage to Moore, Oklahoma due to Tornadoes. Please keep these people in your prayers. Thankfully @MelanieWeeden family is safe.”

 - Former Oklahoma State University quarterback and current Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden @bweeden3

“I don’t even know what to say. My thoughts, prayers, concerns, and heartache goes out to my family, friends, and everyone in Oklahoma.”

- OSU Heisman trophy winner and NFL legend Barry Sanders @BarrySanders

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Oklahoma tonight! Follow @RedCross for ways you can help. #TheVoice”

- The Voice ‏@NBCTheVoice official Twitter feed.

“We need and appreciate your votes tonight, but more importantly we need your prayers for our friends and family in Oklahoma. Thanks y’all.”

- Muskogee “The Voice” finalists Zach & Colton Swon ‏@TheSwonBrothers

“If you wish to help those in need in Oklahoma go to: … #PrayForOklahoma”

- Actor Cary Elwes @Cary_Elwes

“Shocking images from that Oklahoma tornado. Thoughts with all the people affected. #yikes #prayforoklahoma”

- Actress Elizabeth Banks @ElizabethBanks

“Praying for the Oklahoma families affected by the #tornado…!”

- Actor Levar Burton @levarburton

“#PrayForOklahoma My heart is breaking. So much devastation. Praying for all affected & those still in the wake of this storm be safe!”

- Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott @HillaryScottLA

“Everyone keep OKC and all areas impacted by the tornadoes in your thoughts. #PrayForOklahoma”

- Country singer Tanya Tucker @tanya_tucker

“Please take a moment right now. #PrayForOklahoma”

- Country singer Lee Greenwood @TheLeeGreenwood

“Praying for everyone in Oklahoma tonight.”

- Texas country band Eli Young Band @EliYoungBand

“Sending so much love to all my friends in beautiful Oklahoma. Hoping you and your loved ones are safe.”

- Actress/singer Alicia Witt @aliciawitty

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma. #prayforoklahoma”

- Talk show host Wendy Williams ‏@WendyWilliams

“Can’t believe what’s happening in Oklahoma. My heart goes out to everyone affected. #prayforOklahoma”

- Actor/model Colton Haynes @ColtonLHaynes

“Keeping OKC and all areas impacted by the tornadoes in my thoughts. #PrayForOklahoma”

- Retired professional boxer Mike Tyson @MikeTyson

“Sending blessings to all the family’s #PrayForOklahoma OKC”

- Hip-hop star/producer Swizz Beatz @THEREALSWIZZZ


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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