OKC Thunder help children affected by Moore tornado

OKC Thunder open the season by helping children affected by Moore tornado

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

If you look closely in Thunder Alley, you'll find a symbol of Oklahoma's strength through tough times.

Stop by the souvenir booth parked on Reno Avenue, and you'll find an t-shirt with a logo that resembles a patch all of the players wore on their jerseys at Sunday night's home opener.  The patch represents solidarity following the devastating May storms that tore through Moore and El Reno.

"It's just a commemorative, keep this in the front of your mind, don't forget about it, we're still here," explained Christine Burney, Community Relations Director for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The patch was also sewn on scrimmage jerseys up for auction inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  The scrimmage game took place at Westmoore High School in Moore.

"Giving back to the community is something we feel strongly about," said Burney.

A portion of the proceeds from Sunday night's home opener auction will benefit Moore Helmets for Schools.

"We're very, very honored that the Thunder have chosen to support our effort," said Jennifer Brumley, the founder of Moore Helmets for Schools.

Jennifer Brumley's son TJ attended Briarwood Elementary School.  TJ's son was inside the school during the May 20th tornado.  His teacher covered each child's head with a dictionary to protect them from head injuries.  After the tornado hit, TJ and his classmates were buried under piles of rubble, but every child made it out safe.

After TJ told his parents what happened, The Brumleys started Moore Helmets for Schools, with hopes of giving teachers in Moore Public Schools better resources to protect their students.

"We really need donations to come in, so we can start buying helmets," said Brumley.

Building shelters in a school takes time, but doctors say skating helmets can protect children from head injuries during a tornado.

"We don't know what path the next one will take, and so we want every school covered," said Brumley.

The Brumleys are trying to raise $250,000 to supply Moore Public Schools with 30,000 helmets.  The helmets would outfit every child, teacher, and staff member in the district.  The Brumleys still have a long way to go, but the Oklahoma City Thunder hope to bring them closer to their goal.

"We're part of the community, and the community has supported us, so we feel it's important on our side to support them," said Burney.

To learn more about Moore Helmets for Schools, visit their website or Facebook page.

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