MOORE, Okla. – Many homes are faced with damages or destruction following the tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma.
To help families keep salvaged belongings in a safe place, the Presbyterian Church of America has launched “Sheds of Hope,” a campaign working to build free permanent storage for people in need.
A 10-by-10 foot shed could be used for storing your tools, knickknacks and other belongings you might not look at for years but right now in Moore, sheds are representing hope, a place where residents can put their valuables, spared by the recent tornadoes.
“They put their things that they can lock securely so that they know they’re on their own property, they’re not in some storage place or in some compartment crammed in their car,” Killian said.
Daniel Killian with Sheds of Hope and a small army of volunteers are working to help rebuild Moore, one free shed at a time.
Jerry James has been spending time with the volunteers, as they worked to construct a shed for his daughter’s house, which was heavily damaged by the May 20 twister.
“She didn’t have insurance at the time of the storm and this outpouring that people are putting out here for everybody and anybody that needs help is just fantastic,” James said.
This is the second time Sheds of Hope has built a shed for James’s daughter.
The first one was taken down by the heavy winds brought on by the May 31 storm, another bump in the road but not scaring away James’ family.
“She’s definitely going to rebuild the home, she loves Moore, she’s been here all her life and the house will be rebuilt,” James said.
For Sheds of Hope volunteers, their plan is to build storage for storm victims for years to come while hoping Mother Nature backs off, giving people time to get back on their feet.
“I’m hoping that’s the last of the harsh storms, at least for this year,” Killian said. “If not, we’ll come build them another shed, that’s what we do.”
The sheds are built solely on donations, whether that’s donating your time, money or supplies.
If you would like to help, visit shedsofhope.com.