05/20/2013 11:53 pm ET Updated May 21, 2013

Tornado Facebook Group Reunites Oklahoma Victims With Belongings


When Leslie Hagelberg went outside of her West Tulsa, Okla., home on Sunday evening to check the weather, she noticed what appeared to be insulation and pieces of paper falling from the sky.

But it wasn't until she found a photograph near her mailbox that it dawned on her what was happening: debris and belongings from the tornado that had struck in Shawnee -- 90 miles away -- had made their way to her yard.

Hagelberg logged into Facebook and found that many of her neighbors had reported finding items, so she decided to start a Facebook group to reunite victims of the tornado with their missing belongings.

The Facebook group was expanded Monday, to help people who were affected by the devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., killing dozens of people.

The Facebook group has taken off. As of Monday evening, nearly 7,000 members had joined and pictures of hundreds of items had been posted to the page.

So far, Hagelberg estimated that 60 items -- mostly photos and artwork -- have been claimed by their owners.

Even an urn was claimed after a picture was posted to the page.

"I'm just trying to help," Hagelberg told The Huffington Post. "I couldn't imagine losing my kids' pictures."

"I want everyone to know they're welcome to post whatever they find," she said, noting that people should refrain from posting documents that may contain personal information, like Social Security cards and blank checks.

Visit the Facebook page to help reunite victims of the tornadoes with their belongings.


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The mom-to-be knew about the severe weather watch as she checked into the hospital to be induced at 9 a.m. that morning, but says she wasn’t really nervous.

“We’re used to tornadoes and sirens,” the 25-year-old mom told HuffPost in a phone interview. “If you freaked out every time you heard a siren, you’d have an anxiety attack every May in Oklahoma.”

Click here to read the rest of her tale.

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"As a native Oklahoman with my parents and brother still living in Oklahoma City, I am especially heartbroken by this devastating tragedy," Charles Nelson, co-founder of Sprinkles, stated on Facebook.

For more, click here.

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Mail Service Alternatives Offered In Storm-Damaged Areas

The post office branch in Moore, Okla., was one of the thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed by Monday's twister. To help residents impacted by the disaster, the US Postal Service is setting up mail service alternatives in the area, reported.

Some of the options being offered include held mail, portable post offices and delivery service through an alternative office nearby. Letter carriers will also attempt to deliver mail wherever possible.

Click here for more.