We are saddened to announce the resignations of two of our Directors–Robin Francais and JJ Francais. Robin has been our Secretary and JJ has been both our Director of Fundraising and our Central & Western Oklahoma Coordinator. They have helped us help so many children in OK beginning in 2012 with the wildfires and worked tirelessly after the OK tornadoes in the spring of 2013. They will be sorely missed. Please keep them in your prayers.
Garan, Inc has helped us bless families with clothes and toys since we began our partnership in 2011. Again they are helping us to bless families, this time in Pensacola, FL. They sent us a box of clothes, toys, shoes for the babies there. All of their belongings were lost due to the 24 inches of rain received in a 24 hour period, part of the storm system that also spawned the tornadoes the week of 4.27.14.
May 28, 2010 at the Copan Truck Stop in Copan, OK Heart 4 Children Ministries, Inc was incorporated. Wow it’s hard to believe it’s been four years, so much has happened in that time! Since the beginning of our time working with disaster relief in 2011 up until the box we sent to the kids in Pensacola yesterday, we have been blessed to help 1165 children!!! Without God’s help and the help of our donors none of this would be possible!! Thanks to all of you. ~Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Remembering some May tornadoes and lifting up the friends and families that lived through them…
- May 19th–Several tornadoes (from EF1 to EF4) dropped out from a couple of storms in OK hitting Edmond, Arcadia, Newcastle, Little Axe, Shawnee, Carney, Tyron, Pink, Bethel Acres and Prague.
- May 20th–Moore, OK got hit (again) by an EF5 tornado
- May 22nd–Joplin, MO EF5
- May 31st–El Reno, OK EF5 multi vortex tornado
Yesterday and today are anniversaries of things that we wish had not happened–tornadoes. 5.19.13 EF 4 tornado caused massive destruction in Shawnee, Little Axe, Little Axe, Carney, Tyron, Bethel Acres, and Shawnee. Two were killed from this tornado. Then on 5.20.13 an EF5 hit Moore, OK, 25 were killed from this tornado. We were blessed to help many, many families after this time last year and ask you to keep them in your prayers.
Last year–thanks to God and our donors– we were blessed to help OVER FOUR HUNDRED CHILDREN IN OK that had lost everything in the tornadoes and floods that came from the tornadic storms. This year we are being asked to help in Florida and in AR! We want you to see why we are asking for donations to help the children in Pensacola, FL. The pics show the damage that an EF4 tornado did to Vilonia, AR and the CBS video below shows the damage from the 24 inches of rain they received from the same storms that caused the tornadoes in AR, OK, AL and other southern areas. Please share as we are wanting to help 50 families there (100-150 children) in Pensacola. The pics show the damage in Vilonia, AR where 187 children lost everything due to an EF4 tornado. If you would like to help, you can donate securely here: http://www.heart4childrenministries.org/?page_id=87
Thanks in advance and please also keep these folks in your prayers. ~Mikaela
THERE WERE 187 KIDS IN GRADES K-12 THAT WERE AFFECTED by the tornado in Vilonia, AR on 4.27.14. We do not yet have individual needs, however, we are working withthe Vilonia, AR Superintendent’s office to get that information to you. We have not yet decided whether we will be delivering the donations in person or not, it will depend on the timing. The kids will be in school until June 6th so that does not give us very much time. We are taking donations here on our website to be able to help. ~The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
On the anniversary of the 4.27.11 tornadoes, where hundreds died, there were deaths in 4 states–Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Arkansas was the hardest hit with 16 deaths. It was the same area that was hit 4.25.11 when the worst outbreak of tornadoes began. There was at least one death in OK–Quapaw a town of 900, as well as 1 death in Iowa and the 16 deaths in Arkansas. As of this morning we have had no direct requests for help. We will keep you posted on any and all needs and where they are. ~The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
My heart goes out to those who suffered loss on this day in 2011 and to the thousands who are still trying to rebuild their lives. Praying for all those that I met on my three trips to Alabama–those working disaster relief as well as those who had experienced this horrible destruction. You are in my prayers today.
Three years ago on this day there was an outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama where 316 people lost their lives. In the little town of Hackleburg, AL–population 1,500–18 people lost their lives and nearly 85% of the town was destroyed. In Tuscaloosa, AL more than 50 people lost their lives. Other towns were hit but these are the two towns that I visited in 2011. May God give His Peace to all those who experienced this in 2011. ~Mikaela
We have received two donations this month totaling $100! We weren’t even asking for them but they came anyway, how sweet. Thank you to these lovely people who must really have a heart 4 children