Donations still needed for tornado reliefWritten by Mary Petrides and Betsy Woodruff | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tornado recovery isn’t over yet.
Wood County Tornado Recovery Center is collecting and distributing donations of household items like furniture, appliances, silverware and linens.
“Think of what it would take to set up a house,” said Roy Nelson, a manager at the center.
The center is not accepting clothing, food or knickknacks, Nelson said. The center asks that people call ahead and schedule a time to drop off donations.
“To help the process, to keep it moving smoothly and to limit as much as possible bottlenecks, that’s one of the reasons we’re encouraging folks to call and schedule the times they’ll be coming by,” he said.
Volunteers are needed for “sundry things,” Nelson said, ranging from data entry and answering phones to sorting, loading, unloading and moving donated items.
“If a person is willing to volunteer, there would be a task for them,” Nelson said.
The center opened July 13 and will probably be open for four to six weeks, Nelson said, depending on need. It’s located at 2678 Woodville Rd. in Northwood, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone in need of items should call case manager Lisa Mora at (419) 836-8986; anyone interested in volunteering or donating items should call the center at (419) 724-4994.
Davis students host tornado relief fundraiser
Davis College will host a fundraiser for tornado victims on Friday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will have a variety of features, including kids’ games, a yard sale, an EMT and a fire truck, a secret auction, a hot dog lunch and a raffle.
A group of students is organizing the fundraiser.
Angel Swick, one of the students coordinating it, said driving past the tornado’s wreckage made her want to help the victims.
“As a single mom, you question all the time, why can’t I have more, or what do I have to do to be better? And then there’s these people that have nothing,” she said.
Another coordinator, Cassie Byrum, said she was moved by the victims’ challenges.
“It was kind of devastating watching the families together trying to go through debris still,” she said.
People who want to volunteer to help with the event should call Davis College at (419) 473-2700 and ask to speak with Mary Ryan.