By now everyone is aware of the utter devastation wrecked by the tornado that destroyed Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. The outpouring of aid to that area has been truly remarkable but there is still more to do.
The Memphis Grizzlies have united with the American Red Cross to help even more. There will be volunteers at Games 3 and 4 against the San Antonio Spurs to collect cash donations for those affected by the storm.
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, who attended Oklahoma State in college, will match all donations dollar for dollar. “Having attended college in Oklahoma, I am saddened to see what the state is going through after the devastating tornadoes,” said Allen. “My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that have been affected. I am glad to help in any way that I can, and encourage everyone to do their part and help the victims in Oklahoma in any way possible.”
“Our hearts go out to all the tornado victims in Oklahoma, and the Grizzlies are committed to helping in any way that we can,” said Jason Levien, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the Memphis Grizzlies. “We are happy to team up with the Red Cross and support them in their relief efforts and hope that the money we collect for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals will help the victims of Oklahoma recover from this disaster.”
If you won’t be able to attend the games in person there are other ways that you can help as well.
Newby’s, one of the numerous restaurants in town that routinely show the Grizzlies games and where some Watch Parties have been held, is in the 3rd day of their very organized OKC Tornado Relief Drive. The restaurant has transformed their theater area into a room of energy. However, instead of the usual musical entertainment and dancing fans, donations fill the room: bottled water, ready to eat food, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, diapers, gloves, brooms, batteries and more fill the room.
But they have more room available for aid. Please don’t hold back. So many people have lost everything in Oklahoma. They need our help.
Newby’s is also asking for volunteers to sort, label, box up items, unload cars today from 3:00 pm to midnight. Two semi-trucks have been donated to drive the donations to Journey Church in OKC where organized relief workers and volunteers are waiting for the donations. Starting at 7:30 Friday morning volunteers will also be needed to help load the trucks with the donated items.
Some of the items they need most:
Grab & Go Snacks
AA, C, D Batteries
Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
Yesterday, we listed off some of the ways the community was helping out, but we know this isn’t all that they’re doing to ease the suffering from the storms. If you know of other ways people can help out, please leave a comment below so we can spread the word.
This isn’t just the right thing to do as Grizz fans. This is the right thing to do as human beings.