If you can remember the black and white pictures in your history books of Heroshima,Japan after we dropped the bomb, that is the best way I can describe to you what Moore,OK looked like after the tornado tore through there acouple of months ago. As you may have seen in the Mason news last week the Mason Lions Club sent a group of 12 guys up to Moore,OK to see how we could serve them and help rebuild their lives.
It was amazing, on Monday morning after connecting up with the OK City Lions Club we made our way over to the “ServeMoore” staging center to get job assignments. There where folks from all over the U.S. still coming in to see how they could help. Groups of kids who gave up summer camps with their churches to instead get dirty on the clean up sites. From CA to FL, from MI to TX.
We showed up with our trailer full of tools and water ready to go, checked in with “ServeMoore” and got hooked up with an organization called “Sheds of Hope”. They build sheds for people who have lost their homes so they can store personal belongings on their property as they start to rebuild their homes. Sheds of Hope buys they shed kit from LOWES lumber, LOWES delivers the materials to the homes and volunteers build them, that’s where we come in. 8x8 sheds in about 100 pieces. The 1st one took all day Monday to build, when they send you instructions on how to build their sheds you need to read them in all four of the languages they provide, just ask me. So we level out a spot on the ground and build a platform, build the shed onto the platform, put on the shingled roof, paint the shed (two coats), clean up all the left over screws and wood pieces, repack the trailer with our tools and then move on to the next home. Well, on Thursday, our last day we built 3 of these sheds, we whipped it on, it was like clock work. Everybody knew what their job was and we didn’t even look at the instructions, oh yea, did I mention it was 103 out and about 90% humidity.
After checking out with the “Sheds of Hope” group Thursday night they said that they averaged 1 1/2 days per shed. Our Mason crew built 7 in 4 days!
Not only did they build the sheds but they also helped with also of other things. They cut up a bunch of twisted up metal property fencing, helped clean up a lot of debris on several home sites and helped to encourage the property owners who we where serving.
This trip was made possible because of a lot of support from the fine people of Mason, TX. The Mason Lions Club organized it and gathered the crew up. Lowes foods donated cases of bottle water for the trip, Mason Building Supply provided plenty of safety gear and many business, churches and individuals contributed financially to cover the cost. But the guys who volunteered to give up a week to go up to Moore,OK was the icing on the cake. They represented themselves, their families, the Lions club and the community of Mason with pride. Their zeal and enthusiasm have had a great impact on the people of Moore,OK. Their caring and compassionate demeanor has left a mark in the hearts of those they have served.
So once again, RYAN WARTENBACH,NICK DYER,SAM DYER,ZACH DAVIDSON,ETHAN HUDSON,SETH HUDSON,JAMES DURST,NICK MARTIN,JARRET LINGLE,JAMES WARTENBACH AND RYAN JORAN thank you for doing what you did. Thank you for demonstrating to Moore,OK that we do care and thank you for showing the country that the people of mason, TX ROCKS!!