Hollywood Actor Danny Glover Tours Tornado Damage in Oklahoma

Hollywood Actor Danny Glover Tours Tornado Damage in Oklahoma

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Noted Hollywood actor and producer, Danny Glover makes a stop in Oklahoma to tour tornado damaged areas and help with tornado relief efforts.

"This is the first time that I've come to Oklahoma, and I'm here in service," said Glover.

Glover spent Sunday afternoon touring Bethel Acres with a group from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

"He's a member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church," said Bishop James B. Walker, "and was sort of divine convergence that brought us all here together."

Bishop Walker says since the Bethel Acres community is located on private property, it was crucial for church members to show Glover the struggles families face each day.

"They have additional hurdles other places do not have," said Bishop Walker, "so it's really important to bring resources here."

As Glover visited with families who lost their homes, he sat down with Afton McDonald, who was in tears as she shared the story of her family's struggle after the tornado.

"It means a lot to us as residents, to know we haven't been forgotten," said McDonald.

McDonald says after the tornado tore through Bethel Acres the community saw a tremendous outpouring of support, but after two months the support has dwindled.

"For us, it's still real, we still don't have homes," she explained, "we still don't have my son's toys."
 
McDonald and her neighbors live in tents where their homes once stood.  No homes mean limited bathroom  

"My son, he thinks of it as a big camping trip," she said.

As the recovery process continues in communities like Bethel Acres, Glover says stories like McDonald's remind him why he came to Oklahoma.

"We all need to not forget Oklahoma and not forget what has happened to people, how their lives have been changed and how their lives have been turned upside down," he said.

Glover also toured damage in Moore before making an appearance at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City for a tornado relief fundraiser.

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