Close your eyes and imagine something. Think about your home and try to make a list in your head about everything in your home—every device, piece of clothing, tool, and toy. Now count the doors—yep, the doors, and the windows, ceiling fans, appliances, and furniture. Finally, imagine all of that gone and you're left with the task of replacing it all—often from that list in your head—with a set amount of money that will undoubtedly be too little.
Many of our neighbors faced that exact reality in the years since the 2013 Tornadoes in South OKC & Moore. Maybe YOU are reading this and that is EXACTLY what you had to do! The fact is that rebuilding a house after a disaster is one thing but rebuilding a home is sometimes another thing altogether. The list is incomplete, the money isn't enough, or there's simply no way to replace somethings that were lost.
But as neighbors, we want to love and serve. We want to make a house into a home again. So we're getting our hands dirty and planting flowerbeds at homes rebuilt after the tornadoes. Our hope is that we can give our neighbors one of the final pieces of their home. We want to bring beauty where there is pain; some emotional healing where there is hurt.
So which are you? A neighbor who had to rebuild your home after the tornadoes? Or a neighbor who wants to love and serve others by helping plant a flowerbed? Find extra information below and buttons to request a flowerbed or volunteer to help build one!
- Flowerbeds are offered free of charge thanks to Rotary Clubs Western Oklahoma Dist.
- Flowerbeds are planted at homes that were destroyed or received major damage in 2013 or 2015 tornadoes.
- Beds are designed by a landscape architect and will be a mixture Oklahoma-native flowers and ornamental grasses.
- Flowerbed Projects are part of our monthly Serve More Saturday event where you can volunteer as a Project Volunteer.
- Volunteers must be 14 years or older to work at project sites.