Woodward, Okla. —
Several organizations across Northwest Oklahoma continue to collect donations to send to assist the victims and survivors of the tornadic storms that ripped through central Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday.
The following is an updated list of those organizations which were reported to The News' as establishing collection efforts.
When available, The News has included some basic information about the types of donations being collected at each site, as well as where donations may be dropped off and how long donations are being collected.
For the most part, the most needed items include refreshments such as water, sports drinks, and individually, prepackaged snacks and food items. Baby care items are also a big need, including diapers and formula. Other important items include clean up supplies such as trash bags and storage containers, as well as gloves and hand sanitizer.
LOCAL DONATION SITES
The Chicken Express restaurant at 2205 Oklahoma Ave. in Woodward will be collecting items until 5 p.m. Friday.
Restaurant owner Jason Hill said the business is "taking anything and everything,"including diapers and baby clothes, toiletries, water and gatorade, canned food and packaged snacks such as peanuts and crackers.
In addition, Hill said Chicken Express has teamed with a couple of local retailers to hold a raffle to collect monetary donations. The raffle will coincide with the restaurant's weekly "Bike Night"tonight (Thursday, May 23) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The winners, who will receive merchandise donated by Aaron's Sales & Lease and Five Star Biz, will be drawn at 10 p.m.
"We're just going to try to collect as many items and as much money as possible," Hill said, noting that he and his wife will then "personally deliver everything" to the main command center at the Baptist Church in Moore on Friday night.