Local residents organize tornado relief effort

A woman who lost just about everything during the May 3, 1999, tornado is organizing a collection of furniture, clothing and other donations for victims of Mondays tornadoes. She and a friend are coordinating a kick-off collection party Thursday night.

BY DARLA SLIPKE Modified: May 13, 2010 at 12:10 am •  Published: May 13, 2010

A woman who lost almost everything during the May 3, 1999, tornado that swept through Moore is helping to organize a relief effort for victims of Monday’s tornadoes.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to bring donations of furniture, clothing, personal hygiene products or other items to a warehouse at 25 NW 9.

The collection will kick off tonight with the Oklahoma Donation Tweet-Up. Volunteers can bring donations or help sort donated items from 5 to 8 p.m. Several restaurants will provide free food, and Samuel Gordon Jewelers donated a .34 carat oval diamond worth $1,100 to raffle to raise money for the Red Cross.

Carrie Corbin, an organizer of the event, is an Oklahoma City resident who lost everything but the clothes on her back, a pair of sunglasses and a vacuum cleaner when a tornado destroyed her Moore apartment in 1999. She empathizes with the victims of Monday’s storms.

"A situation like that is completely overwhelming,” Corbin said. "You don’t know where to go, what to do, who to reach out to. Ongoing Coverage: May 10 tornadoes

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How to help
For more information, go to okdonationtweetup.eventbrite.com or search for the event on Facebook. Information is also available by e-mailing Lori Ford at lofo lulu@yahoo.com.

Volunteers and tornado victims are invited to stop by the collection warehouse, 25 NW 9, during the following times:

→Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

→Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.

→Monday through May 20: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

→May 21-22: Noon to 5 p.m.

Hours are subject to change depending on needs and donations. Tornado victims must bring an insurance claim number to receive donations.

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