Dealership to help fund shelter
Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge is donating $100,000 to a fund that aims to put a storm shelter in every Oklahoma school after this week's devastating tornadoes. “We started the Plaza Tower Memorial Fund to not only help people now, but for generations to come. We started by thinking we could donate cars, because that is what we have, but that simply is not enough,” said John Hunt, counsel for the dealership. “We were at a loss as to what we can do to possibly help people through this terrible time, but we knew we had to do something. Nothing will ever restore those people to where they were.” The fund will be administrated by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Donations can be made at www.plazatowermemorialfund.com.
Tide sets up mobile laundry
MOORE — Tide will have its mobile laundry program set up beginning Saturday in the Moore Walmart parking lot, 501 SW 19. The Tide Loads of Hope service provides free laundry to relief workers and residents affected by recent storms. They can drop off laundry and it will be washed, dried and folded for free. Tide asks for a limit of one load per family. No bedding, jackets or large items will be accepted. Laundry services will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Teddy bears to be made, given
Shoppers are invited to make free teddy bears to be donated to the children and families affected by Monday's tornado at Build-A-Bear Workshop locations in Penn Square Mall and Tulsa's Woodland Hills Mall beginning Saturday. The first 250 guests in each store can make special bears for free to be donated; in addition, anyone who purchases a stuffed animal to be donated will be given a 10 percent discount. Bears will be collected through Memorial Day, which is Monday.
Announcements support aid
The Ad Council and United Way of Central Oklahoma have launched a series of public service announcements on television and the Internet encouraging Americans to make financial contributions to disaster relief efforts. The ads direct audiences to visit unitedwayokc.org, where they can contribute to support the short and long-term recovery operations, providing supplies and services to those affected by this week's tornadoes in Oklahoma. “We deeply appreciate the overwhelming response of volunteers and support from across the nation for the communities affected by the devastating tornadoes,” United Way CEO Debby Hampton said. “We have activated the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to help those communities now and for years to come. We are asking people to visit our website and give.” To donate, visit www.unitedwayokc.org.
Google makes Pryor area wireless
Google and the city of Pryor will celebrate the launch of a new wireless Internet network serving the downtown area. The public network, which was funded with a $200,000 grant from Google, will launch June 1 during a community celebration that begins at 11 a.m. Google operates a data center in the Mid-America Industrial Park near Pryor.
Tipsy Tow service offered
AAA Oklahoma's Tipsy Tow service will be available this weekend for people who need a ride home after having too much to drink at a Memorial Day party. The free program runs until 4 a.m. on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Enid, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Tahlequah, Shawnee and Muskogee. “In some situations, even one drink can be enough to impair your driving abilities,” spokesman Chuck Mai said. “And the more you have to drink, the greater the chances for tragedy behind the wheel. We hope Tipsy Tow gets a lot of calls over the holiday. This way, everyone, including the vehicle, gets home safely.” To call for a ride, dial (800) 222-4357 and ask for Tipsy Tow.
From Staff Reports