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November 20, 2013

Moore tornado survivors Pay It Forward

MOORE — Today marks the six month anniversary of the deadly Moore tornado. Families were displaced, homes were destroyed and hearts were broken.

Within hours of the tragedy, support poured in from all over the country. The difficult days of rebuilding and overcoming were made a bit easier because of the generosity, hard work, love and prayers of people from all over.

When reports started coming in about tornadoes ravaging the Midwest, the photos and stories were all too familiar for some Moore residents.

Two organizations, {HOPE} Raisers and Elevate Church in Moore are partnering to send hope to the Midwest. {HOPE} Raisers will collect and deliver items in the form of care packages. {HOPE} Raiser T-shirts will be given. The goal is to let people know that there really is hope in the midst of a storm.

Stacey McCabe, whose 9-year-old son Nicolas was killed when Plaza Towers Elementary was destroyed, is managing the project.

A prayer service at Elevate Church will be held at 6 tonight. At this event, the lost will be honored and remembered and plans will be shared for how people can get involved by donating, packing boxes or traveling to Illinois to distribute and raise hope. Elevate Church meets at Hillsdale College, 3701 S. Interstate-35 Service Road, in Moore.

“What I like most about the {HOPE} Raisers organization and this grass roots effort is the fact that the emphasis is on encouragement and emotional and spiritual recovery in addition to helping meet the immediate physical needs,” Elevate Church Pastor Steven Earp said.

These two groups plan to make multiple mission trips to the Midwest to help those affected. Local Moore families, businesses and teachers have already committed to participate.

For more information, visit www.HopeRaiser.org or www.ElevateOKC.com.

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