The Woodward News

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May 22, 2013

Ways to help tornado victims

Woodward, Okla. — After donations of all kinds came flooding into Woodward a year ago following the April 15 tornado, it seems that local and area organizations are eager to pay it forward and show the same support to our fellow Oklahomans now suffering in Shawnee, Carney, Moore and south Oklahoma City.

Several organizations across Northwest Oklahoma have stepped up 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 a list of those organizations which were reported to The News' as establishing donation 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.

LOCAL DONATION SITES

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.

The News received reports that a list of items that are being collected was sent home with students.

Superintendent Tim Merchant said these 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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