After the devastating tornado which hit Norman Oklahoma, and as a writer for local non profit organizations and having relatives near Moore, my eyes were glued to the television as the many layers of the disaster unfolded. As each news agency was able to get reporters to the area by helicopter and on the ground every heart in the nation began to fill with a need to help in some manner. Some tried to get the area by vehicle and were turned away, due to the heavy traffic loads and the many roadblocks set up by first responders to allow them to assess the situation and what needs they will have. Others flocked the local organizations such as churches, shelters and the Red Cross knowing they would need the help.
I was glued to my computer and the television for nearly two days solid as I awaited hearing from my family members to insure everyone was okay. At times I had four or five windows open on my computer seeing what each organization was Facebooking or Tweeting for needs.
One local non-Profit organization, who I have been directly involved with as of recent, new exactly what to do to help with this situation.
Underwearness, an organization who supplies needy children and organizations with clean packaged underwear for children 2-12 years old, kicked their staff into immediate action securing donations, purchasing supplies and clearing out their inventory, knowing these items would be needed.
They were able to get a hold of a reputable organization in the area to insure the underwear would reach the intended victims. This organization was Infant Crisis Services. They were able to send nearly 1000 pair of underwear to this organization.
The timing couldn’t have been better for the organization who was already collecting registration fees and donations for their annual fundraiser, the Drop Your Drawers and Run Wild 5K, which is being held at City Park and the Denver Zoo. With the monies collected they were able to go out and purchase more packages of underwear for the shipment.
Founder and President of Underwearness, Koree Khongphand-Buckman was noted as making the following comment: “It’s sometimes difficult to know what to do for victims of a tragedy. We feel fortunate to be able to do something positive and take one small worry off of their plate.”
The Drop Your Drawers and Run Wild 5K will start tonight, May 31, 2013, with registration opening at 5:00 p.m., the 5K at 6:30 p.m. and the after party being held at the Denver Zoo till 10:00 p.m., so it is not too late to register and participate in the event. You can also make a donation at the event or visit their website by clicking here or visiting www.underwearness.org.
The founders of Underwearness are young professionals who regularly count their many blessings in life. When it came to their attention that some children do not have underwear — clean or otherwise — it was decided that that wasn’t acceptable. Using each of the founder’s talents, the organization was formed to “Help children one pair at a time.”
Now in its fifth year, Underwearness has donated more than 65,000 pairs of underwear all over the world, but primarily in Colorado. Recipients of underwear include Haiti and Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts, Denver Public Schools, Denver CASA, Tennyson Center, Denver Public Schools, Kid’s Crossing Inc., Sacred Heart House of Denver, Children’s Hospital Colorado and The Salvation Army and now the victims of the Tornado in Norman Oklahoma..
For more information about Underwearness or to register for Drop Your Drawers and Run Wild 5k Run/Walk and Denver Zoo After party click here, visit or http://www.prerace.com/races/event/43330/UNDERWEARNESS-Drop-Your-Drawers—Run-Wild-5K-Run-and-Denver-Zoo-After-Party-Denver-CO