Local Musicians Team With Tulsa Red Cross To Aid Fire Victims

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 9:43 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa musicians are also working to make sure people don't forget those who are trying to rebuild after the fires that swept through Oklahoma last week.

More than 90 square miles are charred across the state, and more than 400 families are without homes.

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The theme at Full Moon Cafe on Saturday was singing songs and saving lives.

"We just have to do something," local musician Rebecca Ungerman said. "Every musician here said 'What can I do? Do you need me all night?' It's just great. It's wonderful."

Ungerman has made it her goal to team up with the Red Cross to raise money for those who lost everything in the recent wildfires.

"A lot of these people didn't have insurance," Ungerman said. "You've got to do something."

For the past week, the American Red Cross has been busy housing more than 250 people in shelters across the state, serving 32,000 meals and handing out more than 300 comfort kits.

It's something that couldn't be done without the community's help.

"We have to have cash donations to be able to replace vital medications like blood pressure medications, insulin, asthma inhalers," Regina Moon of the American Red Cross said.

And donor Dan Arthrell knows just how important this effort is.

"We need to bring Oklahoma up by our boot straps all together and make this state a place where people want to be and want to stay," Arthrell said.

The giving spirit is alive in Green Country.

"The thing that I'm most struck by, again is the just what a generous community we live in, and the fact that Oklahomans, I think probably more so than any other, really come together to help neighbors in need at a time like this."

Since so many fires hit the entire state around the same time, the Red Cross is considering this a level-four disaster.

That means it'll cost around $700,000 to help those in need.