With the new year, we have a new ACT President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Trustees, and new web staff. This new year, we at ACT plan on being more active in our community and in surrounding areas as well. We will be more active in supporting our fellow humans, and continue to do so regardless of their status as a believer or non-believer alike. With the impending uncertainty of the new elected officials of the United States, we must be ready for expected coming challenges. We are not alone. As secularists, we must protect our ecosystem, since we are as bound to it as it is bound to us. We must continue to provide aid to those in need and give others a sense of hope in which, even in troubled times, they may discover that they can rely on their fellow humans. We are a community based not on a shared disbelief; we instead come together with a common set of values: logic, reason, and compassion. These are the things that carry us into the future.
On Monday afternoon (5/20/13), an EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, OK and destroyed many parts of the town including homes and severl schools. The death toll is rising by the minute. (Tornado Path)
During any tragedy like this we all want to do something to help each other. Many people don't know what to do and feel helpless and that feeling can be horrible. But there are things you can do to help the victims of this storm. We'll use this post as a collection point for donations and volunteer information for our members. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
For the victims of the storm:
Looking for a loved one?
If you are looking for information on a loved one, visit www.safeandwell.org
Journey Church in Norman is open and receiving people who need a place to sleep: 3801 Journey Parkway, Norman, Oklahoma 73072 Details
Oklahoma Baptist University has opened 160 dorm rooms free of charge for displaced tornado survivors. Call the president's office at 405-275-2850 or 405-878-2402 or just show up.
OU is opening available student housing at no cost to victims.
Victory Church has an open shelter at 4300 N MacArthur. They have food and supplies.
For our furry friends...
The Animal Resource Center is taking in pets that have been misplaced by the tornado. They are located just North of Moore at I-240/i35 intersection. Address is 7949 S. I35 service Road. Number is 405-604-2892. They will take donations as well.
Annie's Ruff House in Norman is sheltering dogs displaced by the weather. 1034 N. UNiversity Blvd (405) 613-7083.
For those who want to help:
If you'd like to donate blood, contact the Oklahoma Blood Institute
If you'd like to donate money, our friends at Foundation Beyond Belief are working to help channel funds to those in need. Relief will start tomorrow. You may donate now.
Our friends at AOK are accepting donations for the storm victims. Please make a note in your donations that it is for Storm relief.
You may give to the Red Cross emergency pool at http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations or send a text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief from your mobile phone.
Bountiful Baskets will be delivering food on their route. You can now send direct donations via Paypal to DisasterRelief@BountifulBaskets.org (Not tax-deductible)
Supplies Donation Locations
Jenks Fire and Police Dept. will be collecting donations items: Water, blankets, non perishable food, batteries, dog food, flashlights, diapers, baby formula, aspirin, bandages, baby food, tents, feminine products, soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, underwear, socks or anything else you think might be useful.
Passion By Design will be accepting supply donations from 10am - 6pm on Tuesday. Wednesday they will be delivering the donations to Red Cross. Red Cross accepts non perishable food, bottled water, clothing, and hygiene products. They are located at 5045 S. 78th E. Ave, Tulsa, OK which is the SW corner of The Fontana Shopping Center at 51st and Memorial near Akins.
Have any helpful information?
If you have any information that would be helpful and should be added to this page, please email Steven.
Once again this year the Atheist Community of Tulsa will provide healthy hot meals for many of our city's homeless. Last year we served nearly one thousand of our less fortunate neighbors. You have the opportunity to help out. A commercial kitchen has been donated and some volunteers have signed up (though we can always use more hands). All we need now is the food.
So we hereby announce the ACT Day Center for the Homeless Food Fundraiser! This is a 30 day event where we, as a group, come together to celebrate compassion and empathy. We're shooting for $1000 as each meal costs around $250-300. If every member of ACT put $20 in the bucket, we'll have far more than that.
There is no minimum donation. If what you can afford is $1, then you can donate $1 and know that you did all you could to help out. If you can do more, then, well, let's just say we hope you'll do the best you can.
Thanks so much for helping us prove that we can be good without gods, but more importantly, thanks for helping some hungry neighbors have a great meal!
See the Tulsa Day Center Community Page for more details about the organization we support.
We are proud to invite our members and friends to a Book Signing/Meet and Greet for Seth Andrews, author of “De-Converted – A Journey from Religion to Reason."
A Christian of 30 years and former religious broadcaster, Seth ultimately found himself dissatisfied with the explanations and doctrines of scripture and the church. His search for answers led him to reject Christianity and all other religions, and he now hosts one of the largest online atheist communities in the world, “The Thinking Atheist." His website, videos and weekly radio podcasts encourage theists and non-theists alike to engage their minds, to embrace doubt, to question, to challenge, and to always be "thinking."
Please join us for the special event, which is free and open to the public. Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. McNellie's Pub, 409 East 1st Street, Tulsa. 2nd Floor. Open bar. All ages welcome.
McNellie's Public House - Upstairs
409 East 1st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120