We asked Oklahoma COHI Volunteer Jeremy Otis to describe his experience in the wake of the Moore tornado devastation:
“Volunteering with Circle of Health International has truly been such a gift. The man I am today is the direct result of a constant and consistent female influence. As a gay man, especially, I have relied almost exclusively on women for support. My personal ‘cheer section’, as it were, is not at all lacking in female participation. This is why I decided to help out at Circle of Health International. It is unfortunate, to say the least, that it took the devastation of a tornado to connect me with such an amazing group.
There are so many stresses that come out of tragedy. Some of the most mentally debilitating and socially unrecognized issues that surface in the aftermath of destruction revolve primarily around women. Thankfully, I have come to find that strength and resilience are universally feminine characteristics. However, even the strongest of women are sure to reach their breaking point sooner or later. This is why the work of COHI and its volunteers is so very important. Sometimes all a strong woman really needs is some simple R & R.
This is the philosophy behind our upcoming ‘Relaxation Station’ event. The women of Moore, and the rest of the Oklahoma City area, need to be pampered, need to feel special. Who deserves it more? Massages, manicures, acupuncture, etc. These are the services that we plan to offer on today, June 24th, for the best price in town…FREE! All these women have to do is show up, sit down, and smile… We’ll take care of the rest.
The only thing we are worried about is successfully getting the word out. We want as many women as possible in the OKC area to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to relax. The greatest help to our efforts will be through word of mouth. If you want to help, just tell someone you love to head over to this important day of pampering. See you there!”