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Longtime Moore resident serves her community

Kyle Schwab Published: July 10, 2013
Evelyn Ogilvie couldn't be more happy spending her time helping those in need.
Evelyn Ogilvie couldn't be more happy spending her time helping those in need.

Living at the same Moore residence for 41 years, Evelyn Ogilvie has seen many twisters come through her town. She is grateful that her home has never received any storm damage.

Ogilvie has been volunteering at Westmoore Community Church in south Oklahoma City—the church she has attended for the past decade. The church is one of many tornado relief centers helping victims in the Moore-Oklahoma City areas after the May 20 tornado that killed 24 people.

“They wouldn’t let me leave. They held me hostage,” Ogilvie said, wearing a silver cross around her neck with earrings to match.

“In my 77 years on Earth, this is probably one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she said. “It’s really gratifying and it makes me feel good.

“The night of the tornado I cried because I knew it hit the Moore Cemetery,” she said, tugging at her necklace. She was worried about her husband’s headstone, which was unscathed.

The church has been supplying more than 100 families a day with food, water, clothing, and blankets. Two families that lost children at Plaza Towers Elementary School have sought help, Ogilvie said.

“If they need it, they are more than welcome to come and get it,” she said.

The church is in need of deodorant, diapers, and nonperishable food items, Office Administrator Tanya Secrist said. No clothing is needed.

To help or donate, call 405-378-0100.


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