The Oklahoma Standard


Out of tragedy, courage.

April 19, 1995, altered the face of Oklahoma – and the nation – forever. Despite this unspeakable tragedy, the people of Oklahoma banded together with acts of service, honor and kindness that are among the most enduring memories of that time. Cars became ambulances. Strangers became neighbors. People literally donated the shoes o their feet. In the days, weeks and months that followed:

  • People waited for six hours to donate blood, in lines that often stretched a block long.
  • 9,000 volunteers signed up with the Red Cross to assist with relief services, including serving 193,300 meals to rescue workers.
  • Through the 168 Pennies Campaign, children raised $450,000 to help build the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
  • Within a year, $49 million was donated to United Way agencies to assist survivors and family members

This spirit of generosity – of giving until there’s no more to give – has been part of Oklahoma’s DNA ever since it was founded. Visiting rescue workers and journalists called it the “Oklahoma Standard,” and it’s alive and well today.

Please join the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in committing to the #OKStandard. Help us ensure it stays strong for future generations.

In the month of April 2015, we ask that you commit one act of service, honor, and kindness.

  • Service means giving your time to someone in need. This could mean volunteering at a soup kitchen, or tutoring a student.
  • Honor the victims and survivors of the 1995 bombing, by visiting the Memorial Museum, cheering at the Memorial Marathon or leaving a token of appreciation on a chair in the Memorial.
  • Kindness involves everything from holding a door for a stranger to cleaning up your neighbor’s leaves.

Neighborhood Alliance encourages all neighbors in Oklahoma to commit and help to uphold the Oklahoma Standard. Here are some great ways to participate:

  1. Show your appreciation for our first responders; take homemade food, flowers or thank you notes to the nearest firehouse or police division station.
  2. Donate your used clothing and shoes through Community Recycling to see your donation taken to any one of 50 countries.
  3. Register for Litter Blitz and help clean-up your neighborhood or community.

For more information, ideas and to commit, visit the Oklahoma Standard website.

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