Sinclair Broadcast Group Donates $220,000 for Tornado Recovery

Sinclair Broadcast Group Donates $220,000 for Tornado Recovery

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Several non-profits in the Oklahoma City Metro received a generous donation from the Sinclair Relief Fund at Thursday night's "Tornado Town Hall."  

Television stations from Fox-25's parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group helped raise $220,000 to aide several non-profit organizations at the frontline for tornado recovery efforts, including Feed the Children. 

Slideshow: FOX 25 Tornado Relief Town Hall Meeting

"Anytime there's a natural disaster we're there to respond," said Erin Engelke, Vice President of Public Relations for Feed the Children.

The non-profit with international presence is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

"We provide food, essentials, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, but also education related materials for anybody who's been affected by disaster," said Engelke.

Engelke says since the May 20 tornado hit Moore, Feed the Children has sent out 130 shipments of supplies for distribution at relief centers across Oklahoma.  Engelke says Feed the Children has partnered with 30 other agencies to get food, water, and other essential items to families in need.

"All the tornadoes that affected our state is very, very personal to all of us at Feed the Children," she said.

Engelke says seven people on staff at Feed the Children lost their homes when the tornado hit Moore, as relief efforts transition to recovery, staff members and volunteers are helping their own.

"We're committed for the long term to all the victims that were affected," said Engelke, "and we'll be here for months and years to come."

Aside from Feed the Children, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has also pledged its commitment to helping tornado victims in the long run.

"We focus on mental health issues, case management issues, education issues, everything that would be necessary to help a family," said Nancy Anthony, President of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Another recipient of a check from the Sinclair Relief Fund, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation partners with case managers working with families getting their lives back together, including those with outstanding medical bills after the storm.

"We will pay for those if there are unpaid medical bills out there for things that people that or will have ongoing expenses," said Anthony.

The Moore community has a long road ahead, but organizations like the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Feed the Children vow to be there for families every step of the way.

Sinclair Broadcast Group also raised more than $350,000 for the American Red Cross at all of its television stations from various relief efforts.

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