Pagans are doing what they can to assist the victims of the recent Oklahoma EF-5 tornado and Solar Cross, a group devoted to service and education for Pagans, is soliciting donations for relief efforts. Solar Cross is working directly with Marcia Carter Tillison, a Pagan in Norman OK, and with OpOK, a consortium of Occupy, Food Not Bombs and other activist groups working together to get supplies and help with on the ground clean up efforts in Moore. Ms. Tillison has on the ground experience in disaster relief in Haiti. Pagan author T Thorn Coyle, who has lead workshops in the Twin Cities, is spearheading the fundraising drive for Solar Cross.
As of Saturday, Solar Cross has collected $545 in donations and was able to send 400 N95 rated respirators, 58 pairs of work gloves, 50 safety goggles, 20 tarps, and 10 shovels. Tillison said, “Thank you thank you thank you! Your donations will be distributed within 24 hours of the time they arrive and sent out to Little Axe, Newcastle and the outlying areas that are not receiving the outpouring the greater area of Moore is.”
More donations are needed. Continued storms and hail pelt the devastated region, hampering relief efforts and destroying what little possessions people have left. OpOK says there are over 13,000 homes, a school, and a hospital affected and they are working to help people that are falling through the gaps.
The fundraising effort by Solar Cross help provide supplies such as garbage bags, rakes, shovels, gloves, duct tape, tarps, and heavy duty storage bins. Donations can be made via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line marked “Tornado Relief”.