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OCU Group Makes Cards for Tornado Victims

Several members of the Oklahoma City University community gathered to craft handmade thank-you cards for rescue workers and volunteers who responded to damaged areas following the recent tornados in the state. The cards will be distributed to people who lived in storm-ravaged areas, who will then get to send them out to the rescue workers and organizations who helped in their recovery efforts.

Karen Vann, administrative assistant in the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, and Karen Dickerson, associate director of OCU’s Adult Degree Completion Program, organized the two crafting sessions that attracted the help from more than a dozen people — faculty, staff and a graduate student — from the campus community.

“We wanted to do something creative to help,” Dickerson said. “We thought the victims of the tornado would want to thank the many people who helped them.”

The groups met in the evenings after their regular working hours to work on the volunteer project, finishing with 250 handmade cards. The cards were then sorted into 50 stacks of five cards each and packaged with a pen.

Dickerson said the cards will be dropped off today at the First Baptist Church in Moore, one of the designated tornado relief centers.

Vann’s hobby project is called KV Designs and Dickerson runs a card-making business called Tying Knots Handmade Cards and Gifts, both of which donated the materials and provided tools.