Thanks for the kind words!
My family is saying that cash donations and "cash" gift cards would be most helpful for the families in the area. Also gift cards from places like Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, etc. Since there's concern about donations making it to the right people, I discussed with my dad who has arranged with his church to distribute any funds and gift cards they receive. SO... if you wish to do that, here's the info:
Designate "Disaster Relief" on any correspondence!
Christian Life Fellowship
1400 NW 12th St
Moore, OK, 73170-1017
Since this is a church (non-profit), donations should be tax deductible. You may also be able to get your company to match the donations... I know my company matches up to a certain dollar amount.
Mom said that the news is reporting 1200 families are without their homes. Road blocks have been taken down and so it is "open" area as before... brother found someone has already taken the copper out of his trashed A/C unit! He has to go back to work today, but they are going to dig through the rubble to find "salvage" items that they can recover for resale. Things like the fireplace insert he recently bought... things like that. Not sure they will find much. However anything that is trash they must pile on the road so the salvage trucks can scoop it all up.
He was smart and contacted his insurance company "sooner" rather than "later", so he is getting ahead on his insurance checks. Plans are to scrape the house down to the foundation, and assess rebuild value. I guess insurance is writing a check for the loan amount to pay it off... not really sure that you would be forced to pay mortgage on a destroyed house? From what Dad is saying it sounds like State Farm is really taking care of him. Honestly I may switch insurance companies after hearing how well they are treating him.
One thing he has to do is buy new clothes - most of his clothing was not only water damaged but covered in insulation when the roof blew apart. Meaning it is completely unusable now as you may know if you've ever worked with insulation! He fortunately is living at the parents' house, and I can only imagine how many families are going to have to live out of a hotel room, corporate housing, or rental that their insurance companies are arranging. I hate living out of a suitcase for more than a week or two!