The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 25, 2013

Big thumbs up to people, businesses and corporations who donated to disaster aid

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to everyone who helped with relief efforts in wake of the tornadoes that devastated parts of central Oklahoma last week.

There’s not room enough in this entire newspaper to list all the people, businesses and organizations who helped.

All donations, large and small, are much appreciated and will be used.

The largest corporation, the most popular athlete, down to the smallest child, if you donated time, money, supplies or blood, we say thank you.

Thumbs up to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse and all the other organizations who participated in the second annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

The event pulled together several organizations that provided a wealth of information on the topic and was jointly sponsored by Garfield County Systems of Care, Enid Public Schools and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.

It’s nice to see this kind of effort for a great cause.

Thumbs up to Sherri Hendrie, instructional coach at Emerson Middle School and Coolidge Elementary School.

She recently was named Oklahoma Education Association’s 2013 Professional Excellence Award for Teachers Teaching Teachers.

Hendrie developed the school improvement plan in an effort to raise Emerson from the state’s School Improvement list for the 2011-12 school year. She also worked on the plan for Coolidge.

Thumbs down to the scum — we can’t think of a nicer word to use — who looted homes of tornado victims in Moore, or people who set up fake relief efforts to make money.

A couple of men were arrested last week after the devastating tornado taking items from damaged homes.

And, while we haven’t heard about any relief effort scams, unfortunately, we expect to hear of some soon. They seem to crop up when disaster hits.

You have to be pretty low to take advantage of people in a time of tragedy.

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