30 minutes. That is all the warning they had. 30 minutes to run. 30 minutes to save themselves, not knowing if they would be able to make it out alive. 30 minutes was not enough. About 75 students and staff members were trapped under the tornado debris, and several innocent children died at the schools struck by the 200 mile/hour winds. On May 20, 2013, Tornado Moore swept through the suburbs of Oklahoma City pulverizing buildings on its way, and it hadn’t even started on its destructive trek. At its next stop, Moore, Oklahoma, it severely damaged two elementary schools, a Jr. High and the Moore Medical Center. People in Moore were sitting in the devastation of the tornado, with a lack of daily essentials, and without their sanctuary of a hospital, which has been reduced to an uninhabitable, one-story ruin. People in Moore, Oklahoma were breathing in polluted air and struggling with lack of clean water and available food. Their hope for the restoration of their former homes had diminished because it seemed to be an impossible task to accomplish. We desired to restore hope to the people of Moore, and help them survive through a devastating time. 

    On July 13th, 2013, Raise4aCause hosted a 5K walk starting at Liberty Elementary at Flower Mound, Texas to raise money for clothing, feeding, and rebuilding the communities that were drastically affected by Tornado Moore in Oklahoma. Included in the participant fee was a free T-shirt and wristband supporting the rebuilding of the homes of the residents in Oklahoma. There were booths set up at the end of the walk, which had refreshments and fun activities for children to do, such as face painting , t-shirt designing, and letter-writing for the victims.

        We were able to raise $750 to donate to the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma. The Raise4aCause team headed out to Moore, Oklahoma to personally deliver the check to the mayor. Visit our blog to read Autusa Behroozi's experience from the event here.