The Woodward News

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May 23, 2013

Additional ways to assist tornado victims

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Woodward, Okla. — Children's Arena of Services/First Christian Church

The Children's Arena of Services (CAS) organization in Woodward is sponsoring a "Toiletries for Tots" drive to collect needed baby items.  These include diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion, baby wash, towels, wash clothes, and even Dreft laundry detergent.  "We're taking anything that has to do with babies," CAS volunteer Kim Wilson said.  CAS personnel will be set up in the parking lot of the First Christian Church at 9th St. and Oklahoma Ave. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today (Thursday, May 23) accepting donations in "our big yellow box," Wilson said. Donations can also be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays at the First Christian Church office. Items will be collected at the church through June 7.

United Grocery Stores

All Homeland grocery stores, which includes both the Southgate and Westgate United stores in Woodward, are currently accepting donations for the American Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund.  Financial contributions can be made at the register in increments of $1, $5, and $10.  And if customers are purchasing items to donate, all stores will have bins set up to collect the items at the front of the store.  The items will be distributed to rescue workers, volunteers and victims, with 100 percent of all financial contributions going directly to the tornado relief efforts.

Woodward Public Schools

Since at least 2 schools were greatly impacted by the large tornado that hit Moore, the Woodward Public School District has agreed to establish collection centers at each of the school sites in the district.

Superintendent Tim Merchant said needed items include water, gloves, work boots, packaged snacks, diapers and baby wipes to help meet the needs of those affected throughout the Moore community.

The schools will also be taking financial donations, which will go to the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators (CCOSA) to be "distributed directly to those affected in the schools," Merchant said.

"It's much like the Boomer Relief Fund that we had here to help those in our school district last year," he said.

 If you would like to contribute monetarily toward this effort, Merchant said checks should be made payable to CCOSA School Tornado Relief Fund.

The superintendent said that donations will be accepted through Thursday as the school district will be sending collections down to the Moore area on Friday.

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