Moore Third Grader Makes Big Plans To Help Young Tornado Victims

Wednesday, June 12th 2013, 10:27 pm
By: News 9

A little boy in Moore has big plans to help some of the youngest victims of the May 20 tornado.

When the third grader saw his school and friends' homes torn apart, he knew he needed to do something. He got straight to work.

Young Logan Richardson loves riding his bike. Among the destruction, he saw his classmates' mangled bikes, so he started working to make things better. He began addressing envelopes to family and friends, asking for money to support his new cause.

"I used to see a whole bunch of kids riding their bikes," Logan said. "Now, when I go through [the neighborhood] all I see are a couple of houses standing and messed up bikes."

At the age of nine, Logan is off to a great start. He's already raised $2,000 to buy his peers brand new bikes. He started with the urge to help several students in his class, but that soon changed.

"A couple days later it was, ‘I want to help the whole school,'" Logan's mom Rachel Richardson said. "By that evening he wanted to help Plaza Towers, [too]."

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Logan's mom says she picked her son up from Briarwood Elementary 25 minutes before the EF-5 tornado tore the school into pieces. Later that night, Logan and his mom saw the impact and soon began their volunteer efforts to help. That's when Logan started thinking outside the box.

"He was like, ‘Mom, I want to do more,'" Rachel said.

Logan knew perfect biking weather was right around the corner.

"I wanted them to have a fun summer," Logan said. "I thought of bikes for Briarwood, and then I wanted to do it for everyone else, too."

With help from the Norman Sooner Lions Club, Rachel says the first bikes will be ready to gift in a couple of weeks.

The Richardson family says it appreciates all of the support. All of the money raised is set to go directly to buying a bike and a helmet, costing roughly $100 each.

If you would like to help, you can send a tax-deductible donation to the Norman Sooner Lions Club at PO Box 1364 Norman, OK 73072.