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NEW: Oklahoma CU Foundation Activates Tornado Disaster Relief Fund
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (FILED 5/22/13 at 11:50 a.m. CT)--The Oklahoma Credit Union Foundation has deployed its Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to assist credit union people with the impact of tornadoes that occurred Sunday and Monday in Shawnee and Moore.

Gary Jones, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma, was en route to Shawnee to meet with two credit unions affected by Sunday's tornado. He had already met with credit unions in Moore, which was hit by an EFL5 tornado Monday. "I've been talking with a lot of people who are hurting. The human stories are incredible," he said.

Those wishing to donate funds to assist credit unions in Oklahoma should may checks payable to the Oklahoma Credit Union Foundation, mark them designated for the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund and send to:

Credit Union Association of Oklahoma

631 E. Hill Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For more information, contact Carrie Buchholz at 405-702-8622, ext. 215 or at carrie @ cuaok.org.

"We have a lot of individuals who are credit union people who have loss of property and displacement of homes," Jones told News Now.  CUAOK reached out early Monday to two credit unions  headquartered in Shawnee--Bison FCU and Tri CountyFCU--as well as credit unions in Moore and Oklahoma City, including Tinker FCU, whose branch was destroyed. (See Related Story: Tinker FCU Branch Destroyed, Assisting Staff and Members)

"All feedback indicated there was not significant damage to credit union property and no loss of life, which was encouraging," Jones said. "We're resilient here and we truly have experience dealing with tornados."

The National Credit Union Foundation, which runs CUAid, the national online disaster relief fundraising mechanism for credit unions, has been in touch with the Oklahoma league, which has, at this time, decided not to activate CUAid given the number of people affected.

"As an individual, the outpouring from around the country from colleagues and others in the credit union movement and from vendors, reporters, regulators and  business partners has been universally positive and caring, and  their response  is a comfort," Jones said, noting the collaboration that credit unions enjoy.

The tornado in Shawnee killed one person, while estimates of the death toll in Moore 24.


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