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University of Central Oklahoma donates toys to storm-battered Child Development Center

A group of faculty, staff and students from the University of Central Oklahoma dropped off boxes of books, art materials and toys at Church of Christ — South Yukon for the Canadian Valley Technology Center's child care center Thursday morning.
by Silas Allen Modified: July 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: July 12, 2013

After the tornado, the center has received offers of help from people all over the state and nation. The church offered space for the children's center, he said, and others have given donations.

“We appreciate what you've done,” Winters told the UCO group.

Judy Reyes-Henderson, development manager for UCO's College of Education and Professional Studies, said the college collected toys for about a month before the donation. Notices were posted on the college's Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as UCO's social media pages. By Thursday morning, her sport utility vehicle was loaded with donations.

The college has a long-standing relationship with the child care center, Reyes-Henderson said, with UCO students going to work at the center. After the storm left the center in ruins, students, faculty and staff wanted to help in any way they could, she said.

“The community has been great,” she said. “My truck's been loaded down for probably about a week.”