Wednesday, December 23, 2009

LMG #23: A Christmas spark.

I left the "K" out of the title. This one is simply a Last Minute Gift: A gift you can give to Tulsa in general, and to one local family, specifically. And it won't cost you a penny.

Cassidy is our newest Loops employee, and her husband, Matt, has been a Tulsa firefighter for the past year and a half. They have two very young, beautiful children.

In case you haven't heard, due to our city's budget shortfalls, layoff of 60-120 Tulsa firefighters may be imminent. Merry Christmas? Not so much.

These layoffs would be drastic. At least 5 stations would close, and response time would be severely affected. I, for one, have been personally assisted by (and impressed by) our fire department. They are always the first to the scene, so professional and calm and kind. Most, including Matt, work a second job on their days off to make ends meet.

What a wonderful gift it would be if we could use the power of this blog to create a spark and make a difference for our firefighters' families. Please, take a moment to write your city councilperson. Ask them to reconsider the layoff. Tell them what our city's finest mean to you.

Here is a list of email addresses for your City Council leaders. If you're not sure which district you are in, just write one email and copy all of them!


This is such a simple way to make a difference. Thank you for your efforts and for your continued support of our city and the people who make it great. When knitters unite, we can do amazing things!

- Shelley
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Blogger cassidy ann said...

Shelley, thank you so much. We appreciate the support from you and the knitting community that has become like a family to us. We are touched and hope that this will help people be moved to action. Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 at 5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to include an email to the mayor as well as the city council.

December 24, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger binkwaffle said...

Praying and sending emails for you guys! Hope Matt was home safe and warm last night; and thanks, too, to the firefighters, police, and EMT who weren't!
Love you guys!

December 25, 2009 at 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

How'd this turn out for the firefighters in your community? Has the time come when they thought the layoffs would happen?

January 19, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

Update: No lost jobs - yet. It has been a real firestorm in the media with lots of big rallies and uproar. Right now the proposal on the table is another pay cut which would mean a total pay cut of nearly 20% this year for some of the firefighters. At some point, unemployment becomes the better option. We are all still emailing our councilors and mayor and hoping for the best!

January 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

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