Oklahomans lend helping hand to fire victims

Oklahomans are lending a helping hand to wildfire victims.


The fires forced many people from their homes. On Sunday, many returned to assess the damage. Some were fortunate. Others lost everything.


Creek County residents with no place to go have taken refuge at the Red Cross Shelter at the Sand Springs United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Sand Springs. The shelter is located at 101 W. 38th Street.


"I'd estimate we've had 175 people pass through our doors," said shelter director Doug Murdock. 


The shelter provides warm meals, cold drinks and cots for people to sleep on.


"We have the state insurance people here to answer their insurance questions. There's a variety of services available," said Murdock.


Victims in need of clothes, and other basic necessities,  can go to the church's clothing center, located at 4th and Main in Sand Springs.


Davonna Gahring and her son, Jonathan, are just two of the hundreds who've already donated.


"I mean they lost everything, so donating that little bit, it makes you feel like you've done something," said Gahring.


Gahring and her son live within a few miles from where the fires hit.


They're donating because it could have easily happened to them.


"If we lost everything, it's good to know there's some place to go to get help," said Gahring.


Volunteers at the clothing center saying the support has been overwhelming.


"The response has been tremendous, both from the public bringing things and those that have come to get what they need," said church volunteer Kay Woodward.




The clothing center also provides toiletries, blankets and food to victims.


The center is in need of denture cups, towels and wash clothes,  pillows and blankets, shampoos and conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpicks, detergent, dryer sheets, toilet paper, snacks, hair brushes, baby formula, volunteers and money.


The items will be shared with the Red Cross Shelter across town.


Items can be dropped off the United Methodist Church campus at 4th & Main in Sand Springs from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.


The Red Cross is also providing a shelter for Drumright area victims at the Cushing Senior Center. The address is 203 E. Cherry in Cushing.

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