East Texans gather donations for Oklahoma tornado victims

East Texans gather donations for Oklahoma tornado victims

(KYTX) - As those people in Oklahoma begin to pick up what's left of their lives communities right here in East Texas are reaching out.

At the Brookshire's in Whitehouse is a resident's 44-foot trailer that used to carry race cars. Now it's carrying water, food, diapers, coloring books and more - piles of necessities and comforts for families in the Oklahoma City area who have lost everything.

You could call Brad Hawkins from Whitehouse, a professional donator.

"We've helped in Pensacola, Beaumont, Mississippi, and then we went to Joplin. If somebody's down on their luck we want to help!," Hawkins said.

So when he heard about the devastation across the Oklahoma City area Monday night, he rounded up the Whitehouse community and they delivered!

We asked Hawkins if he thinks the 44 ft trailer to fill up.

His response? "Oh yes! And probably one or two more like it!"

They'll be taking the trailers full of supplies to Shawnee, one of the Oklahoma City suburbs hit by the storms. They'll also be taking monetary donations too.

"The community is just awesome," Hawkins said. "Whitehouse just gives so much to people in need."

The East Texas giving reaches far beyond Whitehouse. In Jacksonville, supplies are stacking up as volunteers in the community collect everything from diapers to water for the victims of Moore. They say rain or shine, they'll be there.

"We're going to be here regardless, 24 hours a day for the next 3 days," says Billy Bateman, who sat out by his 40-foot donation trailer all Monday night.

"I sat here from 11 p.m. until 7:30 [Monday] morning before we got our first bottle of water."

The big trailer will be filled strictly with water and then there are several U-Hauls.

"One [U-Haul] will be filled with food, one will be with clothes, one will be with diapers and toiletries and stuff like that," Bateman says.

Along with those supplies, East Texans are sending love, encouragement, and hope.

The volunteers in Jacksonville say as soon as the trailers fill up, they will make trips to the Moore area. The trailers in Whitehouse should be going to Shawnee on Sunday.

There will also be a donation trailer at the Walmart on Shiloh Road in Tyler. It will be there Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Red Cross is doing a lot of work out in Oklahoma too. They say the best way to help them is with monetary donations. That way they can buy the exact supplies they need.

An easy way to donate is texting REDCROSS with no spaces to 90999. You will automatically donate $10. To donate more, head to www.redcross.com



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