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Oklahoma business briefs for May 25, 2013

Oklahoma business briefs, May 25
Published: May 25, 2013


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

Tide sets up mobile laundry

— 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, 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

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