Billy and Angie Fuller said they patronize Edmond’s Jason’s Deli once in a while.
Wednesday the Edmond residents were back with their son Ben, 4, and their baby Adleigh. They came after 4 p.m., meaning that a portion of their tab will benefit the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, which is aiding victims of Monday’s statewide tornado outbreak.
“I think it’s great that a local company is going to help out,” Billy Fuller said. “I think that’s the way it should be done. I think more companies should do that.”
Angie Fuller agreed, and said the benefit night enhances her feelings about Jason’s Deli.
Sunil Shrestha, general manager of the Jason’s Deli at 78 S.E. 33rd St., said his staff was excited about helping out.
“It feels like we’re part of the community,” he said.
Ten percent of Wednesday’s dine-in sales from 4-10 p.m. from the Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City Jason’s Deli locations will go to support disaster relief in Oklahoma, said Lennon Patton, a local company spokesman.
Patton said the benefit night will happen due to company support and Internet social networking.
“It feels really good, makes me feel good about my job,” Patton said.
Elsewhere, the Oklahoma Donation Tweet-up will be from 5-8 p.m. today at a warehouse at 25 N.W. Ninth St. (formerly Mel’s Towing,) near downtown Oklahoma City. Lori Ford, of Edmond, said donations may be brought to the Tweet-up or dropped off at any metro-area Oklahoma Employee Credit Union branch.
The free event, organized by Carrie Corbin, will include food and door prizes, such as a loose cut diamond donated by Gordon’s Jewelers, Ford said. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed to help sort items and clothes and move furniture. Financial and product donations for victims are requested.
Ford said Edmond residents Scott Bell, Ryan Hukill, Eric Urbach, Greg Welchel, Brad Stone, Jan Anderson and Richard Queen, who became acquainted through Twitter, also are assisting with the effort.
“The Oklahoma social media community is known for a true supportive spirit,” Ford said.
The Oklahoma City warehouse, owned by Steve Mason, will serve as a donation and storage facility for the next two weeks, Ford said. Warehouse hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17-20 and noon to 5 p.m. May 21-22.
Ford said an insurance claim number will be required proof of identity for May 10 tornado victims. More information about the Tweet-up is available at
Organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army also are responding to Oklahomans in need.
Kyle Campbell, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, which serves communities including Edmond, said the biggest need at the moment is financial donations to support relief efforts.
Campbell said Oklahomans may donate by mailing a check or money order to: American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Dept. #96 – 0397, Oklahoma City, OK 73196-0397, online at
okc.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 gift to the Disaster Relief Fund. Residents also can go to www.redcross.org or call 800-RED CROSS.
Campbell said 91 cents out of every dollar will go to Red Cross service delivery.
Gov. Brad Henry has declared a state of emergency for 56 counties, including Oklahoma County, hit hard by the tornadoes and other severe weather. High winds and hail up to the size of softballs — 4.25 inches in diameter — was reported in several locations.
The possible tornado damage paths being verified by the National Weather Service are spread over a north-south area of more than 200 miles from near the Kansas-Oklahoma border to near the Red River.
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Billy and Angie Fuller said they patronize Edmond’s Jason’s Deli once in a while.
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SLIDESHOW: Freezing temps keep many at home Friday
Edmond residents awoke to a winter wonderland and the realities of getting to their vehicles and driving on snow-packed streets. Even though the storm system began moving out of Oklahoma Friday, a state official cautioned residents to not disregard safety measures too soon.
During the coming days, the Edmond area will experience sub-freezing daytime temperatures and nighttime lows in the teens and single digits.
The Salvation Army to host Fill the Truck Toy Drive
Walmart and The Salvation Army are hosting a “Fill the Truck” toy drive in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Canadian counties. Walmart customers can drop off new, unwrapped toys in a box that will be located at the bell-ringing stand at the entrance of Walmart from 12–5 p.m. today.
Logan Co. investigation nets 7 arrests
Logan County officers made seven arrests in an investigation stemming from the reported theft of a $45,000 John Deere Skid Steer, police said.
Friday morning, after a week-long investigation, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said earlier in the week the agency responded to a complaint from a victim of a larceny who had his John Deere Skid Steer stolen from Oklahoma City.
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Nelson Mandela spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid before leading South Africa in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. The iconic figure died Thursday at the age of 95.
Slick, hazardous streets cause more cancellations
Thursday's snow and sleet fall in Edmond and across the metro continues to impact schedules and events planned for this weekend.
South Africans mourn Nelson Mandela's death
South Africans flocked to the Johannesburg home of Nelson Mandela to mourn his death and pay tribute to a leader who led the nation out of racial discord by encouraging reconciliation.
Snow chances, bitter cold continue for Edmond
Snow chances and bitter cold temperatures continue for Edmond on the heels of the storm that created slick and hazardous streets.
The National Weather Service forecast called for a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and a 20 percent chance Sunday.
In addition to the slick and hazardous streets and highways, residents dealt with bitter cold temperatures. Highs were expected near 22 degrees on Friday, 20 on Saturday, 26 on Sunday and 22 on Monday. Lows were expected near 5 degrees Friday, 17 Saturday, 15 Sunday and 8 Monday.
Thursday evening, slick, snow-covered streets created havoc in Edmond as commuters and other motorists traveled to their destinations. Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said police officers were responding only to injury crashes.
Planners look at retail/urban housing mixes in downtown
A presentation by Freese Nichols consultants of Fort Worth was made Wednesday to city staff and leaders regarding the Downtown Master Plan.
The Central Edmond Urban Development Board has revisited plans made in a 1998 Downtown Master Plan through public meetings and presentations to protect the future development of Broadway.
“Right now we are at the point of providing an assessment of not only the physical environment, but also the market conditions,” said Wendy Shabay, an associate urban planner with Freese Nichols. The next meeting in January will focus on recommendations.
Volunteers keep HOPE Center afloat
HOPE Center of Edmond is the community’s compassionate response to families needing a helping hand. Giving of one’s time is valuable when it comes to helping the HOPE Center of Edmond fulfill its charitable mission.
The food and clothing closet for Edmond area residents offers a health clinic and limited emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, said Chris Sperry, executive director. The HOPE Health Clinic focuses on pre-natal and obstetrics care for women.
The annual Edmond Sun Samaritan Fund Drive has set a goal of raising $165,000 for HOPE.
Nearly 14,000 hours were donated by HOPE volunteers in 2012, Sperry said. Their hard work has a lasting impact on the community, she said. Many HOPE volunteers were themselves clients at one time needing temporary assistance.
St. Anthony announces new outpatient behavioral health facility in Edmond
St. Anthony is pleased to announce the opening of the new Outpatient Behavioral Health Edmond facility which will offer partial hospitalization programs as well as Intensive outpatient programs for both adult and senior patients.
These programs are designed to help those dealing with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger control problems, panic attacks, poor overall functioning and other mental health issues.
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