OU pledges full support to tornado victims

NORMAN, Okla. — People always talk about the entire state of Oklahoma being one big community, and the University of Oklahoma has exhibited that with their quick action in relief of the Moore Tornado victims.

OU President David L. Boren immediately opened up campus housing services and provided places for more than 100 displaced individuals on Monday, including members of the National Guard.

Tuesday, OU athletic officials have been notified by relief agencies that the most efficient way to help disaster victims is to simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or go online to make a donation at RedCross.org and they're urging people to do so.

"Many families have been impacted by the devastating storms that have impacted various parts of the state of Oklahoma the past two days, including members of the University of Oklahoma community," said vice president of intercollegiate athletic programs and director of athletics Joe Castiglione. "This is coming less than a year after many others were affected by tornadoes and wildfires in our area. We need to keep countless people in our daily thoughts and prayers as they face these challenges for the months and years to come.

"Under the leadership of OU President David Boren, we will work diligently with local agencies to support the long-term recovery efforts of our friends, neighbors and the communities devastated by this tragedy. At this time, the best way to help those in need is to support the relief efforts being coordinated by the Red Cross."

Support continues to flow out from Sooner Nation as many resources remain available to all those affected and deepest sympathies are extended.

"Our prayers go out to the many families devastated by this tragedy," said OU head football coach Bob Stoops. "Any loss of life is terrible, but it's even more heartbreaking any time you know that children were among those who perished or were seriously injured.

"It's going to be a long-term effort to get everyone back on their feet in all of the communities that have been impacted across Oklahoma. We have to do all that we can to help our neighbors in this time of need. The easiest way to help is through the Red Cross, who has resources in places to help the people who need it most. Make sure to designate your gift for the Oklahoma disaster relief efforts."

Those wishing to help or volunteer in other ways should visit this Web site or call the volunteer hotline at (405) 325-4020.

Anyone who would like to donate to the OU Foundation to assist OU faculty, staff and students impacted by the tornadoes can visit right here.

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