The Edmond Sun

June 26, 2013

National 4-H Council assists with Oklahoma tornado relief efforts

4-H delivers hundreds of items to families

The Edmond Sun

CHEVY CHASE, Md — National 4-H Council has partnered with Oklahoma State University Extension to provide assistance to tornado victims in that state. In the wake of the storms that have devastated communities throughout Oklahoma, the National 4-H Mall has donated an abundance of 4-H gear to families in need throughout the state.

The materials were delivered to Oklahoma 4-H staff who partnered with 4-H young people to distribute the items to numerous families who lost their homes and most of their possessions. The donation included 150 T-shirts, 75 cardigan sweaters, 165 hoodies and 100 travel mugs.

“National 4-H Council is proud to partner with Oklahoma State University Extension to provide necessities like clothing to affected families in Oklahoma,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “These communities have suffered a tremendous loss, and it’s important that we continue to help those who are in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they work to rebuild.”

During the past several weeks, Oklahomans have experienced severe loss after a series of tornados, leaving behind bare concrete slabs which were once their homes and prized possessions destroyed among debris — with damages estimated to be in the billions.

Despite the devastation, which also included loss of friends and family members as a result of flash flooding, communities have come together in support of one another. 4-Hers in Oklahoma have been especially responsive donating water, food, blankets and clothing, and have even partnered with the Oklahoma Pork Council to provide dinner for the families.

“We really appreciate National 4-H Council stepping up to help Oklahomans in need in light of the size and scope of the tornados,” said Jim Rutledge, adjunct professor and executive director, 4-H Foundation Inc. “Council has helped to facilitate community service and made it possible for 4-Hers to engage with one another.”

FOR MORE information or to assist with relief efforts, visit the clearinghouse of information and resources for Oklahoma tornadoes at