Dalhart boy raises $16,000 for family affected by Moore tornado

Dalhart boy raises $16,000 for family affected by Moore tornado

MOORE - When the F5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma two months ago tore apart so many lives, 11 year-old Dyllon Orthman of Dalhart knew he had to help in some way, but he didn't expect to raise $16,000.

An 11 year-old boy cutting grass in the summer to make some cash is common, but Orthman wasn't thinking about a new bike or Playstation as he mowed 87 lawns in two months.

He had this one particular Oklahoma family in mind.

"That's something you want," Orthman said. "This is something they need. They need a home. I personally want a Playstation, but I'd rather give the need than take the want."

The Hudsons have six young boys and after their home was demolished by a tornado last month, they've lived in a tiny two bedroom house.

"We got a little bit from FEMA," Ursula Hudson said. "But not enough to cover everything we owned. We're trying to piece it all back together."

Orthman presented the family with three Lowe's gift cards adding up to close to $6,000.

The family was only expecting $2,000, so when Quality Integrated Services, a company out of Guymon, Oklahoma, showed up and added $10,000 to Orthman's donation, Hudson was speechless.

"How does one little boy accomplish so much and contact so many people," Hudson said. "How does he grow such an amount for us, when he didn't even know us to begin with."

"Giving them that money just made me feel nice and warm inside," Orthman said.

Orthman's mother, Kristi Orthman, brought him to Moore to see the devastation after he reached his first goal of $300.

"He looked around and saw the American flags and said 'Mama I see hope," she said.

Orthman then raised his goal to $3,000.

"My mom didn't think I could make that much money," he said. "I knew that I could."

Orthman reached his goal, and then some. He, his mom, or the Hudson family never dreamed he would be raise $16,000; enough for a family to start the long road of rebuilding.

"I don't know how we got blessed with meeting Dyllon," Hudson said. "But we'll keep him."

"If a little boy can help, then anyone can," Orthman said.

Orthman was able to find the Hudson family through an organization called Oklahoma Strong and help them directly.

The organization says help will be needed to months to come. Oklahoma Strong is coordinating with groups from Moore, Shawnee, and other affected areas to make sure help and donations are dispersed where they're needed. You can find Oklahoma Strong on Facebook.