Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


2013 to Present

Boys Ranch Town Helps Tornado Victims

Story by Janet Anderson

When the call came in from Bob Denison, principal of Cimarron Middle School, with a request to help a local teacher with debris removal after the recent tornado that struck Edmond, Brent Thackerson was quick to agree. “Mr. Denison partners with us in many ways as we seek to help the boys who live here grow into capable young men and, since the tornado came within a half mile of both the middle school and BRT, we were glad to take advantage of a this opportunity to pay forward some of the help and encouragement the boys receive at school.”

As Timothy, an eighth grader at Cimarron, put it, “I was sad to see the damage. We’re a community and it hurt to see what had happened. But as we drove through the neighborhood on the way to help Mrs. Linholm and the others, I realized that God is calling me to work in disaster relief. Helping others gave me a sense of peace and I knew I was glorifying the Lord.” Another boy, Jackson, said it more simply, “It just felt good to help.”

All OBHC campuses make a point of giving back to the community and in this small way we were glad to help our friends and neighbors clean up some of the many branches and debris left behind after a tornado cut through the nearby Thornbrook neighborhood. In addition to assisting Mrs. Linholm, the boys also cleaned debris from the yards of Bob and Linda Sheehan and for their next door neighbor, the wife of a soldier who is deployed overseas.


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