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People give up Memorial Day holiday to clear tornado debris in Moore, southwest Oklahoma City

On the third day of the Memorial Day weekend, there was no letup in the throngs of volunteers who clogged Moore streets to help tornado victims.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm •  Published: May 28, 2013

/articleid/3834987/1/pictures/2109108">Photo - Jimmie Brown of El Reno with Mormon Helping Helping Hands carries trash while volunteering at a home in Moore on May 27, 2013. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Jimmie Brown of El Reno with Mormon Helping Helping Hands carries trash while volunteering at a home in Moore on May 27, 2013. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman

‘Worth the trip'

A few miles to the east, Megan White, Elyse Penley and Krystal McKinney were among a group of friends who drove to Moore from the Dallas area. They worked at the intersection of SW 9 and Heather Lane, near Plaza Towers Elementary, shoveling the remains of homes toward the curb.

“We had the time because of the holiday weekend, and we had the choice between Six Flags or here,” said White, of Keller, Texas. “We got together on Facebook with some people who donated supplies and decided to drive up.”

Looking at the mangled trees and piles of wood and junk that used to be neighborhoods, it's hard to see much beauty, but McKinney, also of Keller, said she saw it the minute she arrived.

“The most beautiful thing was seeing all those people out there trying to help,” she said.

Volunteers said Monday they gave up their holidays to drive from as far as California and New Hampshire. The help is sorely needed. Despite the thousands of people who helped on Monday, many neighborhoods looked almost untouched since the tornado barreled through last week.

“We may not be able to do much,” said Penley, of Bedford, Texas. “But even cleaning up one house made it feel worth the trip.”


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