The Woodward News

May 21, 2013

Donations being taken at armory today

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — If you would like to send items to help the victims of Monday's tornado that ripped through Moore, donations are being accepted at the old armory building at Crystal Beach Park.

The armory is located to the west of Crystal Beach Stadium, just inside the park entrance off 1st Street.

Donations will be accepted until "around 5 p.m." tonight, according to Matt Lehenbauer, director of the Woodward County Office of Emergency Management.

Lehenbauer said that the items that are most needed include baby items, including formula and diapers, but no clothes right now.

Clean up items are also a major need, he said, noting that as many Woodward residents learned from cleaning up after last year's tornado, "you can never have enough trash bags."

Specifically, he said officials are looking for large, heavy duty trash bags which can hold 50 or more gallons.

In addition, he said that plastic storage containers and 5 gallon buckets with lids are also helpful "to give these people something to put whatever belongings they can find into."

"And for those first responders we're needing bottled water, Gatorade and individually wrapped snacks and food," Lehenbauer said.

The emergency manager noted that UPS has "graciously" offered a trailer to transport the items to the Moore area. So there is plenty of room for more donations.

After collecting donations all day, he said the trailer will be loaded and head toward Moore tonight.  So if you would like to include something or make a contribution, you need to drop off your donations by 5 p.m.

Lehenbauer said many of the items will be taken to Feed the Children, which he said is a distribution center for the supplies.

However, he said that his office has also been made aware of some individual needs, from area residents who had family hit by the storm.  So Lehenbauer said that his office will also be trying to deliver items to those specific families.

For more information about these donation collection efforts or to report a specific need of a family member or friend in the path of the storm, visit the Woodward County Office of Emergency Management's Facebook page at "Ready Woodward."