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Art Supplies for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

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Art Supplies for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

After a catastrophic EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. in May 2011, non-profit organization Art Feeds emerged as a community leader in helping the town’s traumatized children recover emotionally and developmentally. Less than a year later, the organization was serving more than 1,700 Joplin children weekly, providing art supplies and programs to help get their minds off the disaster through creative expression. Art Feeds has since grown to reach nearly 12,000 children affected by disasters.

Almost exactly two years after the Joplin tornado, an EF5 twister carved a 17-mile stretch of destruction through the suburbs of Oklahoma City. The Moore tornado killed 23 people and decimated a heavily populated section of Moore, Okla., including two schools and a hospital.

New York-headquartered DoSomething.org has partnered with Art Feeds, which describes itself as a Mobile Arts Center, to collect art supplies for the children of Moore. It’s easy to donate to Healing Oklahoma – Just visit DoSomething.org/OK for a list of items being accepted, gather a few and send them to the following address:

 

Art Feeds c/o

DoSomething.org

417 E. 7th Street

Joplin, MO 64801

 

You can also include a message of hope to be hand-delivered to Moore.

“After traumatic experiences, young kids sometimes have a hard time processing what they’ve been through,” the campaign’s page says. “…Art can help them work through their grief in a creative way, starting the healing process.”

 

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