Shortly after the May 20 EF5 tornado left in its wake death and destruction in Moore, Okla., some individuals in Enterprise, having experienced a similar tragedy in 2007, jumped into action.
On Friday, May 23, spearheaded by the efforts of Howard Moore, owner of AAA Moving & Storage, and Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Ben Stanfield, Enterprise was able to fill a tractor-trailer full of supplies to take to Oklahoma. Mayor Kenneth Boswell, in honoring Moore and Stanfield at Tuesday night’s meeting of the city council, said the trailer was full in a matter of three days.
“We want them to know how much we appreciate what they contributed to the Moore, Okla., Tornado Relief Effort,” Boswell said, handing out small replicas of the Boll Weevil monument as well as Certificates of Appreciation.
Stanfield said Moore, Sessions Peanuts and Walmart played key roles in getting the job done.
“When the tornado struck Moore, Okla., we all know why that meant a lot to us here,” said Stanfield, adding that he was not here in 2007 but knew well of the tragedy Enterprise experienced.
Stanfield said he had never experienced anything like he witnessed at Moore. “It’s a humbling feeling to wake up in the morning just to feel good about taking a shower,” Stanfield said. “The folks of Enterprise stepped up.”
Moore said that his connection to the people of Moore was immediate, thinking of the children of Enterprise.
“We had the heart to reach out to people there,” Moore said.