Many people and groups have been collecting funds for the victims of Moore, Oklahoma in the aftermath of a deadly tornado storm, it might be an interesting bit of news that the Jewish community in the United States and branches across the globe have already sent out packages of food for the folks in that area. The National Council of Young Israel has delivered 20,000 pounds of food thus far to victims in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The main distribution point with the help of Agri Star Meat & Poultry is the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning. The major funding central point is provided by Masbia in New York City [food relief service] that uses funds collected to pay for the trucking of the food from Agri Star facility in Postville, Iowa to Oklahoma. Masbia and the National Council of Young Israel worked together to cover the cost of food for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Alexander Rappaport, founder of Masbia stated:
Food is most essential to victims of disaster. Food cannot bring back any losses, but it helps them to keep it together. We found during our on the ground Sandy relief work, the victims need food, the first-responders need food, the volunteers need food. You never can forget the smile on their faces when you arrive with food.
Our hearts pour out to families in Oklahoma. We recognize that in times of crisis, neighbor helping neighbor, often provides the most comfort, and a solid foundation for rebuilding. We have therefore partnered with the local Chabad Community Center to insure that a warm meal is available to those in need …that families have one less concern, as they set about recovery.
The Red Cross was the first to arrive on the scene, the following groups and donors should be thanked:
Agri Star Meat & Poultry for their generous contribution.
My sincere sympathies to the families of the 24 dead and 377 injured as they progress through recovery. Yet, amidst this sorrowful tragedy there is a sense of pride when Americans help each other. No reports of looting or other criminal activities from the media, or reports of local authorities or National Guard personnel confiscating firearms from lawful citizens like in the Hurricane Katrina disaster – not repeated in Hurricane Sandy disaster. President Obama declared Oklahoma a major disaster and has ordered FEMA on the scene. Finally it was admitted that civil liberties were violated. The point here is that it should NEVER happen again. Citizens have the right to defend themselves against criminal predators, and under martial law regulations and international agreements [UCMJ], looters/saboteurs CAN be shot on sight enacting such crimes. However, military and law enforcement personnel are sworn to uphold constitutional law and do not have the right to occupy private property without owner’s permission or confiscate firearms from lawful citizens.
Importance of disaster preparation is an important consideration for us all.
Other Recent News: The victims of a collapsed bridge in Washington State all survived, in another recent tragedy and AP reported that bridges across the state are old and not repaired or replaced as should be.