LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2013 — Only eleven days after a deadly tornado killed 24 people in Oklahoma City, another deadly twister battered the shellshocked city. The month of May ended with nine more dead Oklahomans and over one hundred injured.
This isn’t the time for politics, but people have already exploited the tragedy to advance some bizarre concept of man-made Earth destruction, with some red-state slams thrown in for good measure. The people of Oklahoma aren’t a political abstraction, though. They are real people who are really hurting. They need help, not crackpot theories or condescension.
The best way for people to help is to do exactly that: Just help.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has set up a relief fund in conjunction with the United Way.
As always, the Red Cross is on the scene.
Chabad of Oklahoma City is working with Global Chabad. These are the Jewish guys who look like a cross between the Amish and ZZ Top. They get the job done, and help people of all faiths.
For young people wanting to do relief work, Hillel of Oklahoma State University is already helping out.
Give money. Give blood. Give a helping hand. If you are in the area, pick up a hammer and a nail when the time is appropriate.
Those who want to help should defer to Governor Fallin’s instructions. Help can sometimes be well-intentioned but counter-productive. Ask the people of Oklahoma how to help best. Listen to them.
One cannot go wrong by working with local churches and synagogues. Canned food and sundries are always needed.
Time is of the essence, and news cycles move quickly. For many around the country, June 1 is a warm Summer day to relax and play.
At the very least, keep the victims and their families in your prayers. Oklahoma is a religious state, they believe in God and the power of prayer, and it will boost their spirits if they know we’re praying for them.
There is plenty of work to be done. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work helping Oklahoma in any way they need and we can.
We’re Americans. We can do this.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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