theCHIVERS surge through another goal, bring more help to Oklahoma tornado victims and volunteers (17 Photos)
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Last week, theCHIVE
held a fundraiser to help victims of the deadly tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. Seth Ringley, Blake Giles, and Albert Garcia, had been driving from their home in North Texas to Oklahoma City every weekend. The three chefs brought with them hundreds of pounds of quality BBQ meats and set up mobile catering centers for victims, soldiers, and volunteers. The guys also brought toys and teddy bears for the kids.
Prior to the fundraiser, Seth told me he wanted to to make the weekend trips through the month of June, possibly even July, if he was properly funded. We asked the Chive community for $25,000 to make it happen. In true Chive fashion, y’all thought that was a silly goal and donated over $41,000 to the relief effort instead.
Now fully funded by the Chivers, Seth and Co. made their way back to Oklahoma City this past weekend. He told me Chivers came from as far as Louisiana and Arkansas to help.
Bob Thomas Ford in McKinney, TX read the story and gave Seth access to their fleet of Ford F250 Trucks for transportation, which has proven to be a huge help I’m told.
The group spent the weekend cooking, now more recognizable than ever in the area thanks to the fundraising campaign. Along with food, Seth brought a truck load of toys for the children affected in the area. He said that, as many toys as they brought, they only lasted a day.
Seth has continued plans in the area including two unofficial meetups in the works, more on that below…
A team of Chivers showed up from surrounding states to help clear debris.
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The toys, teddy bears, and diapers went ‘shockingly fast’.
On Saturday, Seth set up his catering trucks on a concrete slab where a house once stood. When the line subsided, Seth inquired about the property owner, who lived here?
One of the locals pointed to a woman in yellow eating nearby, ‘She’s actually here. Her name is Gina Sowah.’ Seth approached the woman and asked what happened. Gina started telling her story through the tears. Her husband had passed away six years ago. Gina was raising a daughter and taking care of her mother when her home took a direct hit. Thankfully, everybody survived. But the home was a total loss.
Gina explained that she had home insurance, but it was limited to the frame of the house, not the home’s contents. None of the furniture, clothes, or valuables were covered. She had no idea what to do.
Seth told her, ‘We’re going to fix this right now!’ Seth ordered 3 new bedroom sets for Gina and the entire Sowah family. New beds, bed frames, nightstands, and dressers – all courtesy of the Chivers’ generosity. Amazing.
Seth told me, “We had a bunch more police show up on Saturday and they presented us with these badges and coins for our service. They said that we are known all over now b/c of theCHIVE. When the officers saw our setup they would relay our location to volunteers.
… The police also told us they’d spoken to many volunteers and families, many of whom sang high praise about how great our food is. That was awesome to hear.”
Seth is working on two unofficial Chive meetups in the works to raise money for the tornado victims, one in Shreveport and one actually in Moore.
The Shreveport Meetup is on June 12th. By the looks of the photo above, it’s not going to suck. Details
The Moore meetup will be Friday, June 28th at Seven47. Located near the OU campus, the owners are huge Chivers. There will be drink specials and a fundraiser. The next day begins ‘Chive Volunteer Day’ in OKC! Details on the meetup and volunteering
Proceeds from both meetups will go towards the tornado cleanup.
Thanks again for all your help, Chivers. You’ve enabled some great guys to bring big help to an area that needs it most.
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