Oklahoma tornadoes: Hobby Lobby pledges $2 million to tornado relief

Half goes to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and half to American Red Cross.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 25, 2013
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Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has committed $2 million to disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City-based crafts retailer said Friday it would donate $1 million to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and $1 million to the American Red Cross to assist victims of the recent tornadoes in Central Oklahoma.

Hobby Lobby also plans to provide its own construction team to help Central Oklahoma Habitat build a home for one of the families affected by the tornadoes.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by the tornadoes that destroyed parts of our state,” CEO David Green said in a statement. “We know that their hearts are hurting, but we also know that God is with them, and we hope that these contributions will aid in helping them rebuild their homes and begin the healing process. We know that through Him, all things are possible.”

Central Oklahoma Habitat issued a challenge to the public on Friday to help rebuild homes.

“It is no surprise that Hobby Lobby is stepping forward with this more than generous gift and accepting the challenge to support the long-term tornado relief effort,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, chairman and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. “This money will provide safe, affordable housing for many Oklahomans who lost their homes. We know how much a home means to a family, and we feel truly blessed to receive this gift.”

This week, more than 200 Red Cross disaster workers in Oklahoma have opened shelters, kitchens and emergency aid stations.

“With the help of caring individuals like the Green family, the people of Oklahoma will be able to rebuild their neighborhoods and restore the community, and we could not feel more blessed to accept this donation on their behalf,” said Jake Peters, chief development officer with Red Cross Central and Western Oklahoma.