“I feel incredibly blessed to have witnessed the human spirit at its best; the desire to triumph over adversity and to help your fellow neighbor in a time of need. I’m left with a lasting reverence for how uncertain life can be, and how quickly it can all change.” – John Joseph
10 weeks after the EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma a few Texas AirSystems associates had the opportunity to go up to assist with the debris clean up. They worked on the Orr Family Farm, the farm was directly in the path of the storm and was demolished. Over 120 horses and other animals were lost in the storm. Barns were torn to the ground, other buildings, amusement rides and areas vital to the operation of the farm were destroyed as well. The associates helped clean up debris, removed trees and helped in the new rebuild area of the farm.
The family owned and operated farm offered a variety of attractions, educational opportunities and of course delicious food and treats to it’s guests. Many locals really enjoyed going there with their children, and had been going there for generations. There was much sadness in the community when the news spread that the farm was gone. Talking to the owner of the farm, Dr. Orr he stated that they are currently rebuilding the farm and working with community leaders, donors and others to ensure the farm will re-open in the fall of 2013.
There is still a lot to be done in order to get Moore back to the way it was before the tornadoes hit. They are still in need of donations and volunteers, to learn more please visit Serve Moore. They will take anything you can give, a few hours or work, donations or some supplies, every bit helps.
Photos From Moore, OK
“After having the beautiful opportunity to share a part of ourselves with the community of Moore, OK after such a time of devastation, we were so encouraged by their unyielding spirit and resilience. This truly has been one of the most incredible and moving experiences to be a part of. Their signs of Hope, of Unity are clear and the promises of forward motion. Thank you to Texas AirSystems for providing a link to our local and surrounding communities and your encouragement to be a part of these philanthropic and beneficent contributions.” – Chris Bentley & Gennifer Tannehill
“It was heart breaking to see how much damage there was and how much more work still needs done. I just hope that what work we were able to do will make life a little easier for them.” – Bill Frasier
“The news can make it sound bad, but until you see for yourself you cannot imagine. You couldn’t drive down the street without a tear in eyes. What an awesome group of nuts, I mean volunteers. You guys are the best of the best. Made hot and very dirty work fun.” – Lynette Wilbanks
“Driving through the destruction and seeing some of the things I saw written on the houses and knowing how scared everyone must have been during it made me cry. Like “By the grace of God, we are alive” and then someone sprayed painted their complete address on the side of their house and wrote “we are OK”. It was very heartwarming to see all the American flags flying and just how everyone was coming together and helping each other.” – Linda Bittner
“I got much needed exercise along with a chance to have some bonding time in a non-work environment with several of my co-workers & family/friends of theirs. It was a humbling experience to see what others have been through & it just as easily could have been us. These people really needed a helping hand & we are fortunate to be able to provide that to them.” – Ronald Abramski