Friday, June 14, 2013

OKC, Moore Diaper Distribution TOMORROW!

The day has finally arrived!  Shower of Hope Oklahoma's Diaper Distribution Day is tomorrow, June 15!  Since May 21st, Shower of Hope Oklahoma has been collecting diapers, wipes, baby food, infant formula and other baby care items for Oklahoma's recent storm and tornado victims.  As of today, June 14th, we will have 8,000+ diapers and 4,600+ wipes to distribute to families in need tomorrow!

I'm beyond excited at the success of the Diaper Drive and am so appreciative of everyone who helped donate and spread the word.  Thank you!

The Diaper Distribution will be tomorrow at The Changing Table in Oklahoma City.  The Changing Table  is located at 1145 SW 74th Street, Building D in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on the W I-240 Service Road between Western and Penn.  Click HERE for a map.
 
We are wanting to bless other families who are in need right now.  It's just a diaper, but to someone who lost everything, this could be the glimmer of hope for them in knowing things will get better and that are many others in our state, country, cloth diaper community and beyond who are thinking and praying for them.
 
Please help spread the word and if you know of a family in need, please share the event with them as we have a TON of diapers, wipes and other items to give away.  We are wanting to help and serve those families in need right now.
 
Blessings To You,
Toni Keltner
Shower of Hope Oklahoma
 
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Friday, May 31, 2013

Our May 20th Experience.


 
 
If you've followed the news for the past 11-12 days, then I'm sure you've seen footage of the horrible storms and tornadoes that ravaged many parts of Oklahoma on May 19th and May 20th. 
 
I wanted to share with you my husband's experience on May 20th.  Andrew was in Newcastle, Oklahoma that day working.  He left early that morning and planned on working there all day long.  That same Monday morning, I headed to take my oldest to pre-school.  Each and every day, I pray with my children and cloak our day in prayer.  That day was no different.  On the way to school I prayed the following:
 
Thank you, Lord, for our family.  Thank you for the constant hedge of protection over each of us.  Thank you that your guardian angels are encamped around us always.  Thank you, Lord, that no weapon formed against us will prosper, no evil will befall us, nor any plague come near us.  Thank you for blessing each of us with long, healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives, in the name of Jesus.  Amen.
 
As I went about my day in Broken Arrow, my husband went about his day in Newcastle, Oklahoma.  Later that afternoon, my husband and two other employees were working on the interior concrete of a home when one of the employees saw the tornado on the ground headed towards them only two houses away.  My husband and his employees had merely seconds to take shelter before the tornado hit.  My husband and one employee took shelter in a bath tub, while the other employee took shelter in an interior closet.  The tornado hit the home and basically leveled it, ripping the roof off and leaving only partial walls which were shifted 15-feet off of the slab.  As my husband took shelter, he cried out, "Jesus, save me!"  He prayed Psalm 91:15-16 while the walls began to collapse around him:
 
"He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
 
After the storm settled, my husband and the other employee dug out of about 4-feet of rubble and debris.  They then called out for the third employee.  All three men were safe and unharmed.  Neither of them had a single scratch, bruise or mark on them indicating that they had just suffered a horrific force of nature.
 
They immediately went to other home sites around them, looking for other survivors and trying to help those in need.  My husband's truck was totaled in the tornado, so my husband and the other two men then set out on foot trying to seek shelter and find help.
 
The men made it to a local Braum's and met a woman who just happened to be in the same neighborhood that my husband and his employees had also been in during the tornado.  The fellow survivor mentioned that someone was giving her a ride to the local hotel and mentioned to Andy that this person might also give them a ride there.  My husband was then introduced to the "Good Samaritan" who offered my husband a ride to the hotel where he could seek shelter for the night until he was able to head back home.  On the drive to the hotel, my husband talked with the woman (Good Samaritan) about a few things.  From their conversation, it was obvious that the woman was also a Christian.  The Good Samaritan said that she was headed to Sallisaw, Oklahoma for a funeral and asked my husband where he lived.  My husband knew that Broken Arrow wasn't too far out of the way on the drive to Sallisaw, but knowing that the woman was traveling alone, my husband didn't want to ask for a ride.  After all, these three men were complete strangers to this Good Samaritan and my husband didn't want to make the woman feel uncomfortable by asking her for a ride to Broken Arrow.
 
Upon arriving at the hotel, the other tornado survivor went to check-in with the front desk.  The Good Samaritan and my husband continued talking when out of the blue she asked, "So, would you and your friends like a ride to Broken Arrow?"  My husband was stunned.  Obviously, this woman had to hear from God that it was OK to help these men, these complete strangers.  The Good Samaritan had to have a complete peace and know that she could help them.  My husband and his employees were thrilled and arrived back in Broken Arrow around 10pm that evening on May 20th.
 
The Good Samaritan started her day off in New Mexico, got stuck in the New Castle Braums because of the tornado and then met my husband.  This Good Samaritan is a Christian and wanted to lend a hand.  This Good Samaritan reminds me of Matthew 25:40: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
 
Please continue to pray for Oklahoma.  We are in the path of more storms this evening and potential tornadoes.  In fact, there was a tornado touch down only about 1.5 miles away from our home last night.  Be alert and stay safe!
 
Blessings To You,
Toni Keltner
Shower of Hope Oklahoma
 
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Share The Love.

www.cottonbabieslove.com

This past fall, Cotton Babies' Share The Love program officially launched. I'm a proud Host Site for the Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma area. I'm thrilled to be working with such an amazing company helping families in need. Share The Love is a Cotton Babies program created to receive donated used cloth diapers and distribute them to families in need of a little extra support. No family should have to choose between diapers or food, when you Give Love we will be able to share that with others.
 
So, are you currently choosing between diapers and food?
The Cotton Babies Share The Love program may be able to help. With caring donations from the cloth diaper community, we are able to provide cloth diapers to families in need through Share the Love. Many of the Cotton Babies staff and friends have been through difficult circumstances and in need of help. I, myself, have been through a tough financial season. So, it is from a place of experience and understanding that we desire to reach out to others, because we know the power of a caring, helping hand.

www.cottonbabieslove.com

As the Host Site for the Greater Tulsa Area, I'm currently building our cloth diapers stash to help families in need. If you would like to lend a helping hand and help share the love, please send me an e-mail at cblove.brokenarrow.ok@gmail.comGently loved cloth diapers, cloth wipes and all other cloth diapering accessories are greatly needed and so appreciated. 

You can also visit www.cottonbabieslove.com for more info!

If you're a family who needs a helping hand, click HERE to view the
Share The Love application.

Thank you for sharing the love!

~ Toni ~

Do small things with great love...


 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dooley Family Update

Back in July, a family in Coweta, Oklahoma who lost their home due to a house fire after it was struck by lightning.  The Dooley Family's home was a complete loss.  Mrs. Dooley is a momma I know from my cloth diapering group here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  At the time, the Dooley had a baby boy who was 6-months old and I was stirred to help in anyway possible.  Shower of Hope Oklahoma donated some goodies for the Dooley Family and reached out to followers on the Shower of Hope Oklahoma Facebook pages to do the same.  Many thoughtful care packages were sent to the Dooley Family which were full of clothes and blankets for the Dooley's baby boy plus generous gift cards.  Shower of Hope Oklahoma also reached out Cotton Babies to help rebuild and replace Mrs. Dooley's cloth diaper stash.  Cotton Babies generously sent 20 cloth diapers for the Dooley Family.

 

I wanted to share a short update from the Dooley Family:
 
We are Still living in an apartment in Broken Arrow until our house is done. They are saying we could be back in by mid November but still haven't given us an exact date yet. They have made a lot of progress on the house & we are so excited and ready to be home! We are still very appreciative of the continued thoughts & prayers we have received and donations we got after the fire. Our little guy is growing fast & has grown out of a lot of the clothes we had given to us.  Please know we have paid it forward and donated all his clothes to others in need. So, your gifts continue to keep on giving!  Our life has taken on a new "normal" & we are doing good!  Thanks again for everything!!
 
The Dooley Family is hoping to be back in their home in time to celebrate their little one's First Thankgiving!
 
Hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Blessings To You,
Toni Keltner
Shower of Hope Oklahoma
 
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Calling All Prayer Warriors.

 I've always been passionate about helping children. From studying Youth Ministry at Rhema Bible Training Center, serving in the youth ministry at my local church, to working in the nurseries there, I've always loved working with children. Jesus esteems children and values them greatly. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 

In case you didn't know, I have two little boys.  My oldest, Michael, is 3-years old.  My youngest, Samuel, will be two this Friday, August 3rd.  I pray for my two little boys daily.  I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer and have been a witness to the miracle of prayer.  

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For those of you who also believe in the power of prayer, I hope you will lift up a little baby boy, Baby Cullen, in prayer.  Baby Cullen is 4-weeks old and is from Elk City, Oklahoma.  He was rushed to the Children's Hospital there for suspected whooping cough.  Just two weeks ago, Aiden Smith, a 7-week old baby boy also from Elk City, Oklahoma, passed away from whooping cough.  My heart aches for both of these families.   

Matthew 18:20 says, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."  Today, I hope you will gather with your family and pray for the families of Baby Aiden and Baby Cullen.  Pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding for Baby Aiden's family.  Pray for supernatural healing for Baby Cullen.  Prayer changes things.  You can visit the Facebook page 50 For Aiden to leave encouraging and supportive comments for both families.

If you would like to send a card with some encouraging words for Baby Cullen's family, you can send to:

Children's Hospital At OU Medical Center
Patient: Cullen Galmores
‎1200 North Phillips Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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Another child who has been on my heart lately is Rosalie Goodwin.  Rosalie nearly drowned on June 6th in Owasso, Oklahoma.  Little Rosalie is still in the hospital fighting for her life.  Each and every day is a battle and test of faith for her family.  Please visit the Please Pray For Rosalie Facebook page to read more about Rosalie's story and see updates from family members.  Please also leave some encouraging words for her family.  

If you would like to send a card or care package for Rosalie's family, please send to:

Children's Hospital at St. Francis
Patient: Rosalie Goodwin
6161 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74136

A medical fund has been established to help the Goodwin family with Rosalie's medial expenses.  The Rosalie Goodwin Medical Fund has been established at The First Bank of Owasso.  You can contact Diane Haywood at 918-272-8294 or send her an e-mail at dianeh@firstbank.net for making a donation.

As you gather with your family this evening for dinner and as you tuck your little ones in bed, say a prayer for these families.  Remember, Matthew 18:20 says, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

In closing, I would like to share with you the prayer I pray over Michael and Samuel each day:

"Dear, Lord.  Thank you for the constant hedge of protection over my little ones. Thank you for the guardian angels that are encamped around them always. Thank you that no weapon formed against them will prosper. No evil will befall them, nor any plague come near them. You will satisfy them with long, healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives.  In Jesus name, Amen."

Blessings To You,
Toni Keltner
Shower of Hope Oklahoma

 
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

Wishing you and your family a fun and safe Independence Day!

Blessings To You,
Toni Keltner
Shower of Hope Oklahoma

Sunday, July 1, 2012

One-Year Ago Today...


One-year ago today, I met the Hamil Family for the first time.  July 1, 2011 was our first delivery of care packages and gifts for the Hamil Family.  You can read more about our first "Delivery Day" here.  I still remember that day and always will.  It was an honor to meet the Hamil Family as well as other family members.  It was truly a memorable day.  Thank you again to all of you who sent cards, gifts and care packages for the Hamil Family.  It was a blessing...

Blessings To You!
Toni Keltner
Shower of Hope Oklahoma 

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