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Oklahoma tornadoes: McGuinness' Justin Jones remembers what it's like to lose a home to tornado

As a senior at Westmoore in 1999, McGuinness coach Justin Jones lost his home to the devastating tornado that struck on May 3. Jones has made McGuinness' spring football game that is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday a benefit for Monday's tornado victims.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 23, 2013

McGuinness football coach Justin Jones saw the horror unfold again Monday.

As a senior at Westmoore in 1999, Jones lost his home to the devastating tornado that struck on May 3.

So when he saw the pictures of the EF5 tornado that tore through Newcastle and Moore on Monday, he knew he needed to help.

Jones has made Friday's spring football game that is scheduled for 7 p.m. a benefit for the victims as the team is asking people to bring donations for admission such as gloves, shovels and other necessary items.

“I remember exactly how I felt 14 years ago,” Jones said. “I was thankful for all the people that helped me out when I was in that situation 14 years ago, and not having been in it this time I felt like this was a way for me to try to give back and a great way to get our kids to pull together.”

McGuinness has already received help in its efforts, too. Glenpool's athletic department sent a truck full of donations on Wednesday, and the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers' Association has been coordinating efforts alongside the Irish.

Jones said he remembers what it was like weeks after the tornado when there was still a lot of work remaining with the victims.

“I'm just thankful the Red Cross and other organizations are there to help out because there's things that you can't even think of that you're going to need two or three weeks down the road,” Jones said.

“It was one of those deals where I was 17 or 18 and it was a pretty big experience in my life. It's kind of molded me into who I am, to be honest with you.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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