The Moore American

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September 25, 2013

Cantor Fitzgerald Recovery Fund provides gift cards to Moore families

MOORE — Families impacted by the May 20 tornados received $1,000 each Monday from a company that knows first-hand how disaster impacts a community.

Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners lost more than 600 employees when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The company CEO and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund visited Moore to distribute $1,000 prepaid debit cards to each family who had a child in the Moore Public School district at the time of the May 20 tornado, and whose home was damaged or destroyed.

Moore Baptist Church hosted the event. The gym was set up to assist the hundreds of people who were expected. More than an hour before the official handout started, families began lining up around the building. The company allocated up to $2 million in gift cards. The families are free to spend the money anyway they wish.

Asia Burk was one of the people waiting in line. Her daughter was a fifth-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The family since has moved to Norman.

The family’s home in Moore also was severely damaged and they lost close to everything they owned.

When asked what the $1,000 means for her family, Burk answered in one word: “Christmas.”

Being able to provide a normal Christmas to her daughter, who had nightmares and panic attacks for weeks after the storms, will be great, she said. But there are still necessities that also need to be purchased simply to put their home back together.

“We will be able to decorate her room. My daughter is the one who actually lost everything. Her room was in the front of the home,” Burk said.

Cantor Fitzgerald is one of the biggest financial services firms in the world. It also was one of the companies impacted the hardest when airplanes hit the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. The company lost 658 employees that day.

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