OC joins Red Cross to help communities

OC joins Red Cross to help communities

by Patty Miller, Courtesy of the Edmond Sun

Families displaced by the May 19-20 storms have been living on the Oklahoma Christian University campus waiting for permanent lodging to be made available.

According to Neil Arter, dean of students, OC has hosted as many as 50 family members displaced from those storms.

As of Monday, OC is hosting 34 family members from about six families while they work to secure more long-term housing.

“Just last night, OC took in a family with a special needs child that had been without a home since May 20,” said Josh Watson, OC spokesman.

In addition, OC’s Honors House, which has 82 beds, has stayed at capacity for a week and a half now as OC has hosted a number of volunteers helping with clean-up and recovery.

Volunteer groups include the Austin Disaster Relief from Austin, Texas, and the Disaster Response Communications team out of Minnesota.

The groups were assisting victims of the tornado with paperwork at Westmoore High School on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Oklahoma Christian campus is busy this week with 200 additional students on campus attending a Love OKC Service Camp. Watson added while the camp was scheduled before the storms, it has become a storm-focused service week.

This weekend, officials expect 75-100 students to join faculty and staff for OC’s Love Your Neighbor storm recovery efforts June 7-11.