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For one Choctaw family, flames leave little but memories

BY AARON CRESPO Modified: April 14, 2009 at 12:04 am •  Published: April 14, 2009
Before they got a new policy, they built a barn to help store her mother’s possessions. Her husband hammered the final nail Thursday.

Keeping family together
The Red Cross has offered to help with rent, but the family cannot find a place in Choctaw large enough for her family.

"That’s the main thing. I want my family all back together on the land that I grew up on and they have grown up on,” Myers said.

Her family is spread across the metro area, and the first thing she wants is for them to stay together.

Aside from that, Myers said she doesn’t know what she can do.

"People ask me, ‘How does it feel?’ and the way I tell them is you think about every person that you’ve ever lost from the time you were a little kid until now, and you think about that, and its like reliving all that all over again, but this time it’s final,” Myers said.

"And that’s how it feels, because every little piece you’ve had of them is gone.” has disabled the comments for this article.

How to get help

Several American Red Cross offices will help fire victims at their county offices today. Field offices set up last week have closed.

Items needed for cleaning up damaged and destroyed property are available at the following


• American Red Cross of

Central Oklahoma, 601 NE 6,

Oklahoma City.

• South Central American Red Cross, 1006 NW Blvd., Ardmore.

• Great Plains American Red Cross, 401 W Gore Blvd., Lawton.

• Heart of Oklahoma American Red Cross, 1205 Halley Ave.,


How to help
For information about how to donate to help fire victims or to get assistance from wildfires, call 228-9500 or go to

Another way to help
Eastside Church of Christ, in partnership with the Church of Christ Relief Effort based in Nashville, will open a relief site at 8 a.m. today at 916 S Douglas. Food boxes, infant care supplies, clothing, cleaning supplies and hygiene supplies will be available. For more information, call 732-0393.


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