A new organization created to build storm shelters and safe rooms in existing Oklahoma schools received another large donation Friday, this time from an unexpected place.
Talk show host and TV personality Glenn Beck's foundation offered $350,000 to the recent upstart "Shelter Oklahoma Schools."
“I consider it an honor and privilege to be in the position to help out this outstanding initiative,” Beck said. “Anyone who has a child will tell you the safety and security of their children is tops on their daily priorities list. Knowing that our donation will go toward shelters that make kids safer during the school day is a heart-warming thing.”
Representatives from the Mercury One Foundation will present the donation Saturday afternoon in Moore, the Oklahoma City suburb again ripped apart by a devastating tornado May 20.
Beck praised the organization Friday, which was created following the month's storms by state representatives, for the group's joint public servant, private enterprise cooperation.
“Seeing this group do so much good already so soon after the storm is proof positive of how people can quickly come together and provide for one another without having to wait on government to take care of them,” Beck said. “Oklahoma is blessed to have four great state representatives who see that the best way to get something accomplished is through the private sector. The Shelter Oklahoma Schools organization is proof of how great things can happen when people stand together to help one another.”
Click on the image below to donate. Mobile users can donate here (http://bit.ly/Okshelters).
Mercury One isn't the first to give to the shelter project. Dealership Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram donated $100,000 and Edmond Hyundai chipped in with another $10,000 two days after Moore's EF-5.
READ: "Lawmakers, Tulsa-tied business hold tornado shelter press conference" (http://bit.ly/tornadoshelter)
A week later, Apache Corporation, and oil and gas company which bases its Central Region operations in Tulsa, added to the pot with a $500,000 gift.
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