Dear Girl Scout Friends and Supporters-
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by recent storms. We know that several communities are still without electricity and many families have significant damage to their homes. The loss of property and life throughout our jurisdiction has been devastating. While our staff members are safe and accounted for, we know that Girl Scout families have been deeply impacted. It will take many months before they can return home or find permanent housing. Know that we are mobilizing through our community partners to identify the best ways to assist our fellow Girl Scouts.
As is the Girl Scout way, we've received an outpouring of kindness and concern from Girl Scouts across the state and nation. As families try to move forward, we want them to know that we are here to support them. Our Council does not have the capacity to handle any in-kind donations such as food, water, clothing, etc. There are, however, a number of ways you can support your fellow Girl Scouts:
- While we're still assessing the damage, we know that the need will be great. In order to support our girls and their families, we have created the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. You can text the word GIRLS to 20222 to make a $10 donation via your cell phone bill. Message and Data rates may apply. T&C available at www.hmgf.org/t. In addition, you can assist our efforts by making a donation to Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund at www.gswestok.org. Monetary donations can also be made at any of our council offices.
- Our local United Way has activated a disaster relief fund so individuals may contribute to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts. Visit www.unitedwayokc.org or call 405.523.3597. Donations will be distributed without administrative fees to partner agencies working on tornado relief efforts.
- Many of you have asked for ways to directly contact sister Girl Scouts. GS West encourages you to send messages or art in the shape of the Girl Scout Trefoil to be presented later in the summer to those Girl Scouts affected by the storms. Send your trefoil artwork to:
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma
Mary Nichols' Family Leadership Center
6100 N Robinson Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
The recovery effort has barely begun. Over the next few weeks we will continue to assess the needs of the families in our Council. Updates will be available on our website. You can also contact Crystal Slater, Chief Fund Development Officer, for additional information at 1.800.698.0022 or Shannon Evers, Chief Executive Officer, at 405.418.7920.
Please continue to check our website, facebook and twitter accounts for updates as to how you can help support these efforts.
Thank you for your support during this especially trying time.