Sevier County Missions collects items for tornado victims

May. 28, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

Sevier County Missions, in conjunction with other area churches, is collecting items to benefit tornado victims in Moore, Okla.

The church held designated collection days on Saturday and Memorial Day at its offices, 315 Court Ave. near Carl Hatcher Furniture. It will continue collecting items through Friday.

"One of our youth said, 'What are we going to do for Oklahoma?' So we started a collection to send," said Pastor Sam Steele with Sevier County Missions.

By noon on Monday, the church had collected boxes of clothing, shoes, water, nonperishable food, diapers, baby formula and other items.

"We really majorly need diapers and food, and as far as clothing, mostly we want children's and youth clothing," Steele said. "And closed shoes, like tennis shoes or lightweight boots. We don't want sandals because of all the debris."

The items will be transported via truck by Rescue America Baptist Missions.

"We would like to fill a 53-foot trailer with assorted items, so that could possibly be 40,000 pounds of food, water, clothing and other items," Steele said.

The last collection day will be Friday, and Steele said the truck may arrive in Oklahoma by June 2.

Although there are no more designated collection days, Steele said the group will set up a pick-up or drop-off time with anyone who still wants to donate.

To make arrangements to donate items, contact Pastor Steele at 306-3359.

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