The Moore American

Local News

November 5, 2013


MOORE — Almost 500 Moore kids wrapped themselves in brand-new coats in bright shades of pink, purple, blue and green replacing those that got ripped away by the May 20 tornado.

Some giggled, some were examining the garments quite seriously, others turned and swayed as they made sure the new jacket fit just right.

Moore firefighters had teamed up with disc jockeys from Air1 Radio and Operation Warm to distribute new winter coats to nearly 500 elementary students who were displaced from the tornadoes that ripped through Moore five months ago.

On the morning of Nov. 1, fire trucks packed with bright, new coats arrived at Plaza Towers Elementary School’s current home of Central Junior High and volunteers delivered new coats to kids that had been nominated by their teachers or counselor. All students had lost their home, or lost their belongings, in the May 20 storm.

In the afternoon, 150 Briarwood Elementary students received coats at their temporary school at Emmaus Baptist Church.

Skyla Upton, a sixth-grader, lost her home in the tornado. She said people’s generosity has been humbling.

“It’s overwhelming,” she said.

She recalled that after the storm all of her clothes and belongings were gone. In the aftermath people made sure they had clothes.

When asked what she missed most, she thought of her younger brothers – ages 7, 5, and 2.

“My brothers don’t have their toys anymore,” she said.

Receiving a gift like a coat still makes her feel like people care even five months after the disaster, she said.

A dozen firefighters and Air1 crews personally fitted each child with a new coat, helping them to write their name in the interior tag, which reads, “Made Especially for You!”

The firefighters had fun, too.

“The smaller kids are pretty excited,” said Ronnie Rawson, director of Moore Firefighters charitable work, recalling a young Plaza Towers student who jumped up and down in excitement as she waited for her coat.

Text Only
Local News
  • DA declares theatre death case closed

    More than four months after the death of Luis Rodriguez in Moore, the case has been pronounced closed. Cleveland County District

    June 24, 2014

  • Finding joy in our life

    In an effort to downsize big-time, we moved into an apartment. It is lovely and has crown moldings; a nice touch bringing back memo

    June 24, 2014

  • Library and museum team up

    NORMAN — Sam Noble Museum and the Pioneer Library System will bring back a summer favorite, Library Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ju

    June 24, 2014

  • Case closed in Rodriguez death

    More than four months after the death of Luis Rodriguez in Moore, the case has been pronounced closed.
    Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn confirmed Friday that he will not be pressing charges against members of the Moore Police Department in regards to the death of Rodriguez.

    June 21, 2014

  • DA doesn't plan to press charges on Warren Theater death

    The Cleveland County District Attorney's office announced early Friday afternoon that no charges will be filed against the police officers involved in the death of Luis Rodriguez on Feb. 15 at the Warren Theater.

    June 20, 2014

  • MidFirst Moore Vehicle.jpg FBI seeks suspect in Moore robbery

    James E. Finch, special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the robbery of the MidFirst Bank, 1037 S.W. 19th St.

    June 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moore announces utility rate increase

    Last week, the City of Moore announced a utility rate increase and encouraged citizens to conserve water.

    June 18, 2014

  • Lawyer off case

    Oklahoma City attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez confirmed last week that he is no longer representing the family of Luis Rodriguez, who died earlier this year after a clash with members of the Moore Police Department.

    June 18, 2014

  • Public Safety Center open for business

    Under a beautiful morning sky, city officials and supportive community members gathered in the heart of Old Town Moore for the ribb

    June 18, 2014

  • Sales tax up for year

    While Moore and Norman sales tax receipts are up again this month, Purcell is lagging, a likely link to the bridge closure. Fiscal Year 2014 ends June 30 and the June 9 deposits are the final sales tax receipts for the fiscal year.

    June 18, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide