How to help Joplin tornado victims

CATOOSA, Okla. - Several local groups are working to collect donations for Joplin, Mo.'s storm-ravaged areas.

Donations come pouring in to the police department in Catoosa. People in Catoosa remember all too well the death and destruction tornados can bring.

Staff from Green Brier Learning Center quickly gathered items to send to Joplin tornado victims.

Catoosa's Assistant Police Chief John Blish says "We'll make as many trips as necessary that we need to make."

Catoosa police and other city employees are spearheading this effort supported by people from all around our area.

Autumn Gough reached out through text and facebook and quickly filled a minivan with heartfelt help. She says "It seems like Oklahomans are the first to help and step up really quick so I'm really proud of my neighbors and friends."

Water, diapers, food and cleaning supplies. Heading where it seems nothing could be enough.

Jennifer Tetley, Tulsa Maytag "It's heartbreaking and I think anyone that looks at that cannot help but feel horrible and have a reaction of - what can we do?"

Jennifer sent an email to the 2NEWS newsroom offering a large Maytag truck to anyone delivering donations. We immediately put her in touch with Catoosa police.

Anytime there's a disaster people are willing to donate but the problem is getting those donations to the disaster zone. That's why Maytag stepped up donating a truck to get the items from Catoosa to the people in Joplin.

Blish says "Showing the compassion these people have and bringing the items that they have gives you the overwhelming joy that people do care."

The police department is located at 208 S. Cherokee St. in Catoosa.  Officers will take the first round of donations donations to Joplin at 5 p.m. or when the trailer is fully loaded.

Also collecting donations is the Owasso office of Keller Williams Realty.  Items including food, water, diapers and other essentials can be dropped off at 12150 E 96th St. N., located across from Walmart.

"When something like this happens, we want to give back," said Annie Wolf, Keller Williams realtor.

Another Keller Williams realtor will transport the donations Tuesday morning.

Broken Arrow First Baptist Church is also accepting donations and Two Men and a Truck professional movers have a truck set up for donations at Broken Arrow Reasor's.  Element 26 in Broken Arrow is partnering with L&M Furniture to transport food, clothes and other materials needed to Joplin Saturday. Donations are being accepted at L&M Furniture and Check into Cash at 101st and Elm.

Food Pyramid is partnering with American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter to accept donations for relief through the end of June.

All 48 Pyramid Foods' stores under the banners of Price Cutter, Bistro Market by Price Cutter, Food Pyramid, Ramey, Smitty's, Country Mart, Save-A-Lot and Ponca City Discount Foods are participating in this program.

For more information on this fund, visit www.FoodPyramidOnline.com .

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