Credit Unions Helping Oklahoma Tornado Victims

When the tornado sirens began to wail, employees at Tinker Federal Credit Union knew the safest place for themselves and the members at the branch was inside the CU’s vault.

The 14 employees and 8 others, including some members, rode out the storm in the vault, holding the door shut and listening as windows shattered and the powerful tornado ripped through their town.

When they emerged, the Moore branch of Tinker Federal Credit Union laid in wreckage around them. Some returned home to find they had lost everything, but in the words of one survivor who found safe house in that vault, “It's not a big deal. It can be replaced. Lives can't.” You can read the full story and hear more from survivors at ABC News.

Photo Credit: ABC News - Survivors emerging from Tinker Federal Credit Union's vault

Photo Credit: ABC News - Survivors emerging from Tinker Federal Credit Union's vault

The images of the tornado’s damage to the community of Moore, Oklahoma are devastating. My heart goes out to those affected by the wrath of the storm as they begin to rebuild and recover.

Credit Unions in Maine are doing what they can to support the tornado victims in Moore, OK. In conjunction with the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the Maine Credit Union League has activated a safe and secure way to donate to support efforts in Moore. Visit www.cuaid.coop/maine to donate through NCUF. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Credit unions are dedicated to the philosophy of “people helping people”, no matter where the help may be needed. The community of Moore, OK needs help, and Maine’s Credit Unions are here to support relief efforts.

People helping people, it's a great philosophy, isn't it? I'm so thankful to be a part of this giving and supportive community. 

Kylie K.