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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


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Corbin and her daughter were able to get back on their feet with the help of friends and strangers who donated two households worth of furniture and gave them a place to stay until they could move into a new apartment.

Corbin said she can never repay them for their generosity but this collection is a way to give back.

Organizers would like help sorting donations and identifying families that need donations. After the kickoff, volunteers will be at the warehouse for nine days or until needs are met or supplies run out.

People can also drop off donations at Oklahoma Employees Credit Union metro-area locations, said Lori Ford, a friend of Corbin’s who is helping to organize the event. Tornado victims must bring an insurance claim number to receive donations.

Ford said the drive started as a grassroots effort online. It has developed a huge community following during the past few days, she said.

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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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