Moore businesses step up with tornado relief funds

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MOORE, Okla. - It's day five, following the ground shaking tornado in Moore.

Now, many businesses in the community have stepped up to help the victims who lost their homes, belongings and sense of normalcy.

"I threw myself over my kids. I was holding tight to them, holding tight to the dogs and I just started praying," said Sarah Patteson.

Not much is left of the Patteson's house, in fact their survival story seems to be nothing short of a miracle.

The family hid under a queen sized mattress, for protection.

While sifting through debris, the family had on t-shirts with the state of Oklahoma in the center of a heart, ones their Church made to represent hope, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting disaster relief for the community.

"Even though we lost everything, there's so many families out there were way less fortunate than we are," said Patteson.

Just a half a mile down the road from the damaged area, some structures weren't even touched by the tornado and now businesses such as Gordmans are standing tall to make a difference.

"We definitely want to do everything we can to help everyone that has suffered from this loss," said Cruz.

Thomas Cruz, the Gordman's store manager in Moore said four of their employees lost their homes to the devastating tornado and one employee lost a cousin.

Their nationwide campaign will raise money to benefit tornado relief efforts.

"Each guest throughout our 86 stores can go to any store and donate a dollar or more through our Helping Hands Campaign," said Cruz.

For Patteson, both her sons were at Plaza Towers Elementary when the tornado was heading their way, she picked up her boys just in time, before the school was destroyed.

"Thanking God that I have my babies but at the same time I'm heartbroken for those parents, they don't get to kiss their babies or hug them goodnight anymore," said Patteson.

When donating money to help storm relief funds, double check to make sure they're credible.

The Gordman's Helping Hand campaign will run through June 1.