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.
Woodward County EMS
The Woodward County EMS has set up collection barrels at both the Woodward Ambulance base west of 13th St. on Downs Ave. and at Woodward Regional Hospital. The EMS is collecting everything from baby items such as diapers to work gloves to food and water or whatever people are able to give. The items will be collected through Saturday.
Cross Spur Ranch
The Cross Spur Ranch will be heading to the Moore, Oklahoma City and Shawnee areas on Thursday. Contact (580) 216-6672 or (580) 216-6671 for more information on how you can contribute.
Families Helping Families
The organization located in the Living Word Fellowship is taking donations in 4 ways.
• Monetary donations. You can make the donation at Living Word Fellowship Church, 13th and Oklahoma or go by BancCentral where Families Helping Families has set up a tornado relief accept.
• Purchasing and donating a gift card
• Purchasing and donating a gas card
• Dropping off water or Gatorade at the church. A container will be in the church parking lot to store water and Gatorade donations and when enough is ready for a full truck load, it will be delivered to Moore. Living Word Pastor Eric Cox said the goal is to have a truck load ready within 2 weeks. "I know from the experience (in Woodward) that after a couple of weeks people are going to need more supplies," he said.
AREA DONATION SITES
Gore Nitrogen will be accepting donations to be taken to Oklahoma City/Moore this weekend. The drop off point is Gore's main office in Seiling. Items that are most needed are water, Gatorade, prepackaged snacks, hand sanitizer and work gloves. For more information, call (580) 922-4660 and ask for Mackenzie or ReBecca.
Both the Buffalo Fire Department and Buffalo FFA are taking collections. You can drop off items at either the ag class room at Buffalo Schools or at Cotters filling station in Buffalo.
Details are still being worked out, but Fargo students are in the process of organizing a garage sale with proceeds going to tornado relief efforts. Contact Fargo Schools for more information. The Fargo FFA is also collecting donations, which can be dropped off at the school's ag barn.
The Shattuck FFA is collecting donations with a drop off site set up in front of Venture Grocery Store.
The City of Canton is taking donations at the community center all week.
Higgins Girl Scout Troop #5515 is gathering items. If you would like to help, message Brandy McGinley, Robert-Monica Ramos or Rain Scroggins on Facebook.
If you know of any other local or area collection efforts, you are welcome to share information about donation drives on the Woodward News Facebook page at facebook.com/woodwardnews. If posting information about a collection site, please provide as much detail as possible about what items are being collected, the deadline for making donations and who can be contacted for more information.
STATE DONATION INFORMATION
The State of Oklahoma has launched a tornado relief site okstrong.ok.gov, which includes a "Donation Information" webpage listing several state and national organizations that are responding to the disaster areas.
These organizations include Red Cross and Salvation Army, as well as Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, Oklahoma Blood Institute, United Way of Central Oklahoma, and Feed the Children.
The webpage includes information about the purpose and efforts of each organization as well as how you can get involved and make donations to assist those various efforts.