Tennesseans working to help Oklahoma tornado victims

Tennesseans working to help Oklahoma tornado victims (Image 1)

People across the nation are seeking ways to help victims of Monday's deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.

Nashville's News 2 learned Red Cross volunteers from middle Tennessee plan to head to the hard-hit area Tuesday.

The Oklahoma City Red Cross Facebook page posted that they have at least one shelter open and are working to open several more.

On Tuesday, Churches of Christ Disaster Relief sent a second truck load of supplies, including shoes, water, brooms and food to help tornado victims.

“We've been doing this for 24 years,” executive director Joe Dudney with the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief said. “It's what we do.”

He continued, “That's the beauty of our outfit, we're prepared to go when it happens. Most of the time we're ready to go before they're ready to receive on the other end.”

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief delivers the supplies to a Church of Christ near the disaster, which then pass along the supplies to victims.

“That's our job. We're on the job everyday and even at night. I have a church directory at my house. And I know who to call,” said Dudney.

Dudney added the organization is in need of monetary donations.

WAY-FM also plans to hold a “gift card” drive Tuesday. The radio station is collecting a variety of gift cards to send to the victims in Moore.

The drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chick-Fil-A on Glenbrook Way in Hendersonville.

Organizers suggest donations of Home Depot or Lowes gift cards to help families rebuild their homes or restaurant or grocery store gift cards for a much needed meal.

Nashville Christian School will also be a collection site to gather food and
supplies for the people from Moore, Oklahoma.

A 25-foot trailer will be
parked in front of the school on Thursday, May 23 from 6 a.m. until
9 p.m. at 7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, TN 37221.

All items must be packaged in a cardboard box or durable bag. Each package needs to have the contents listed outside either directly on a box or a label on a bag. Items needed are:

  • Canned food and dry food
  • Baby formula, canned or powder
  • New or mildly worn clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Cases of water
  • Sleeping supplies (pillows, sheets, blankets)

Curtis and Faith Groves are leading the effort at Nashville Christian School. Curtis will leave for Moore, Oklahoma at 6 a.m. on May 28, but the trailer will only be open for donations this Thursday.

To make a donation, head to RedCross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross, or text “redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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