SWVA relief groups helping Oklahoma tornado victims
By WSLS Staff
Day 1 of relief supply collection at Bonsack Walmart; Courtesy: Barry Armstrong, God's Pit Crew
ROANOKE COUNTY, VA -
WSLS is working together with Southwest Virginia relief organizations to collect supplies for victims of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma.
GOD'S PIT CREW
Danville based God's Pit Crew will join WSLS and Spirit FM radio in holding a relief collection drive on Wednesday and Thursday, at the Bonsack Walmart.
From noon until 7:00 p.m. on both days, givers are asked to donate:
Easy to open, non-perishable food, that does not need to be heated
Personal hygiene items (Unopened, still in their wrappers/containers)
Baby care items (diapers, baby wipes)
Financial donations to help pay for cost of transport
On Friday and Saturday, GPC will have a collection site at Danville Toyota (125 Piedmont Place) from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. both days.
In Galax on Saturday, God's Pit Crew will work together with Cornerstone Community Church, and the Galax Fire Department to collect supplies at the Galax Walmart starting at 8:00 a.m.
Supplies can also be taken to the GPC warehouse in Danville, at 2499 North Main Street.
God's Pit Crew is sending as many volunteers as they can to the Moore, Oklahoma area. A GPC truck that had delivered relief supplies to the Granbury, Texas area, is headed to Tennessee to pick up supplies for Oklahoma.
Randy Johnson of GPC describes this as a massive relief effort, and a "Katrina moment." Johnson added that the first disaster GPC ever responded to was a tornado that hit the Moore/Oklahoma City area in May of 1999.
If you would like to donate to help with the cost of sending supplies and volunteers, please go to God's Pit Crew's website: http://www.godspitcrew.org/
GLEANING FOR THE WORLD
Campbell/Appomattox County based Gleaning For The World tells WSLS that the group has already paid for a truck load of bottled water. A church in Oklahoma City picked up that water Tuesday.
GFTW is loading five tractor-trailer loads of supplies. Between 3-4 of those trucks were expected to hit the road sometime Tuesday. They'll be hauling water, blankets, cleaning supplies, baby care products, and food.
Andrew Young with GFTW says the group is also working to set up collection sites for those who want to donate.
Pulaski Health & Rehab in the town of Pulaski, will collect items from Friday, May 24th through May 28th, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. each day. Relief supplies will be delivered to Gleaning For The World.