April 24, 2014

Citizens, businesses donate to Oklahoma

Theresa Hall, Jeff and Sheri Barber pose with a truck load of items to be donated to those affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma. Citizens, the American Legion and several businesses coordinated to send money and needed items to Oklahoma. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Theresa Hall, Jeff and Sheri Barber pose with a truck load of items to be donated to those affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma. Citizens, the American Legion and several businesses coordinated to send money and needed items to Oklahoma. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

A group of concerned citizens, the American Legion and several local businesses gathered donations to send to Moore, Okla., following devastating tornadoes.
Theresa Hall, one of the disaster relief organizers, said she felt compelled to do something after she saw the storm’s devastation.
“I just feel like God compelled me to get involved,” Hall said. “When disasters like this happen you feel helpless, but you also know you want to do something to help.”
Local businesses and civic organizations jumped in to assist. Sign Here donated a banner that could be hung denoting a collection point for community donations, and Price Chopper offered a place from which to collect. The store also donated several pallets of goods including food.
“Sending money is easy, but I think it is more meaningful to sacrifice some of your time, effort and resources to those in need,” Hall said. “Not everyone has extra money to donate, but you can always donate some of what you at home.”
Hall worked with Sheri Barber and Kristy Harrison, members of the American Post 19 family, to determine a specific list of items needed in Moore, and to man a collection table and truck at the grocery store.
In a few days’ time, the trio collected a variety of items including food, water, baby items and even dog food from Gardner Animal Hospital.
The trio had planned to drive the items to Oklahoma City themselves.
However, Scott Sparks offered to drop the truck full of items in Oklahoma City. Sparks works for Heartland Midwest, and said he was traveling that way anyway. Last week, he took a truck load of items including dog food, baby items, food and bottled water to the Science Museum in Oklahoma City. The make-quick disaster relief donated $600 in cash as well. The money will  be distributed to those in need through the American Legion in Moore.

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