OKC Members Join Tornado Relief Efforts
Friday, May 31, 2013

NATCA members at Oklahoma City Will Rogers (OKC) joined with their counterparts from the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) to provide some much needed smiles to children in the local communities impacted by the devastating tornadoes on May 19 and 20.

The OKC local and FAAMA paid to give out free snow cones to children that attend elementary schools in the affected areas. It was an event that the schools had scheduled and the NATCA OKC local coordinated with them to be there, said OKC Facility Representative Loyle Coleman. Over 950 snow cones were given out in a two-and-a-half-hour period.

The effort was spearheaded by OKC member Michael Tagmir and his wife. Coleman said members have assisted the relief efforts in other ways as well.

“Different members have volunteered time with their churches to do clean-up in many of the damaged areas,” he said, adding that “Many of the locals have offered help. It's always great knowing that Union brothers and sisters are always there for each other.”

At Kansas City Center, work continues to collect items that will be delivered to the impacted communities in the Oklahoma City area. Facility Representative Aaron Merrick said they have delayed their date of delivery to June 11 to give more members a chance to donate items to the collection. Members can reach ZKC and Merrick at zkcfacrep@comcast.net.

Many NATCA members have continued to help by working through Kim's Place OKC, located in Mustang, Okla., outside Oklahoma City, which provides housing for FAA Academy students but is now offering a place to stay for several people, including families, displaced by the tornadoes. They are also accepting donations of cash and needed items and delivering them. For information on how to help, and to follow their updates, please click HERE to reach their Facebook page.

Those who want to make a cash donation can do so through PayPal, using this email address:
Kim@kimsplaceokc.com.

In addition, you can view the FAA’s Oklahoma City Tornado Assistance Information page for more information about how you can help your fellow FAA family members and what to do if you need assistance. Click HERE.