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Cordele woman, father work to help OK tornado victims

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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chipping in to make sure volunteers have a place to work and a way to get to Oklahoma.

"So far we've gotten over 12 bags of clothes"

As black garbage bags line what used to be a grocery store on 16th Avenue in Cordele, volunteers sort through clothes they say represent hope.

Tiffany Hyatt and her dad will take the donated items to Oklahoma where they will go directly to victims with no money out of their pockets.

The owner of the building is allowing Hyatt to use it for free, and the trucking company where her dad works is donating a truck for the delivery.

"He kept think I want to do something so he called up his boss and asked his boss how can they work this out. They got together and came up with his boss will donate the fuel which is the cost of the trip and my dad would donate his time so they can get it over there for free," said Hyatt.

While clothes and water is being collected, there's another thing these volunteers say they need to help some of the youngest victims in Moore.

"One of the things we need also is toys because that's kind of the last thing on everybody's mind right now is toys for the kids and they need it. They can have it in the shelters," said Hyatt.

Watching the chaos unfold in Oklahoma was especially hard for Hyatt who says her own little ones inspire her to help.

"I have a 2 and 5-year-old and I couldn't imagine them go through the lost of losing everything that we own," said Hyatt.

"Even though the kids don't understand the tragedy of what happened, They're hurting in their way because they don't understand why they were taken from their home and all their toys are gone," Hyatt continued.

The items will be taken to Oklahoma on June 3rd where they will be dropped off at a church in Nowata to a pastor who used to live in Vienna.

They need volunteers to load that semi June 3rd.

To find out how volunteer or donate, call Tiffany Hyatt at 406-2611.

Remember, relief organizations urge you to donate money.

If you do give items, be sure they're going to a specific group like that church in Oklahoma that will make sure they get properly distributed.

 

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