Tom and Elizabeth Hug from Plainfield, Illinois wanted to help residents that were affected by the floods in Illinois that occurred a month ago. Now that a tornado has devastated Moore, Oklahoma, Elizabeth and Tom want to help out again. Through social media, Tom and Elizabeth created the Helping Hugs Facebook page. The page was originally created during the April flooding. On Tuesday, May 21st, Tom and Elizabeth posted on the page asking for donations to be sent to the EMS responders in Oklahoma. They are asking for a collection of snacks, coloring books, crayons, socks, and cards to create care packages for the residents of Moore, Oklahoma.
Other items that are needed to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma are:
- Large Ziploc bags
- New or used DVDs
- Travel sizes of shampoo, body wash
- Gift cards to fast food
- Gift cards to Walmart/Target
- Playing cards
- Small notebooks
- Drink mix (for water bottles)
If you would like to make a donation, email HelpingHugs@ymail.com.
In addition to Tom and Elizabeth doing their part to help, the Plainfield Fire Protection Station has offered to be a drop-off location for care package donations. Also, firefighters from Plainfield are working with other firefighters from Channahon, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois to travel to Moore, Oklahoma to assist the people that were affected by the tornado.
This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the brave men and women that want to help those affected by the tragedy in Oklahoma. We can fight through tribulations with the assistance of kind people that want to make a difference.
There are other ways you can help. Visit the Red Cross’s website to make a donation or text REDCROSS at 90999 to make a $10 contribution. You can also visit the Salvation Army’s website to make a donation online, text the word STORM to80888 to contribute $10 for relief efforts, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.