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Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge announced the creation of the Shelter Oklahoma Schools Fund May 22nd, with a $100,000 donation to kick start the funds goal of putting storm shelter in every Oklahoma school.

“We started the Shelter Oklahoma Schools Fund to not only help people now, but for generations to come. We started by thinking we could donate cars, because that is what we have, but that simply is not enough,” said John Hunt, counsel for NCJD. “We were at a loss as to what we can do to possibly help people through this terrible time, but we knew we had to do something. Nothing will ever restore those people to where they were.”

Hunt went on to say “People on both sides of the aisle have concerns about government interaction/intervention, one way or the other, whether it be too much or too little. But the fact of the matter is that we have to take the safety of our children into our own hands. Who else’s hands would we have it be in? We cannot sit back and let these matters of life and death be handled administratively. We as a citizenry and a populace have to rise together and form a solution for the good of all. We are their parents, their guardians, the ones they look to for guidance and instruction. In times of need we cannot let them down. We owe more, but at least this much, to our children. That is why we have started this fund.”

“ We will not run away fearfully from any project. The children at Plaza Towers elementary did not have to perish. Nothing we can do will bring them back or console their loved ones who remain, but we can try to stop this from ever happening again. We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can endeavor to mitigate their effects at every step of the way. We live where we live, and our weather will not change; but we must be proactive. We cannot wait for our government to fix this. It is time we did what needs to be done, and do not suffer through yet another tragedy in another 14 years. Now is the time to act. A call to action must be made. Together we can make a difference. We are a Country of the people, by the people, and for the people, and the people must come forward at this time. No amount is too small, and certainly no amount is too large,” Hunt said.