News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 30, 2013

Donations off to help Moore, Okla.

‘It was a team effort’ says Hubbard

Dustyn Fatheree
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The “Mission Moore Donation Drive” concluded Wednesday afternoon, and food, money and disaster relief products are on their way to Moore, Okla., to help people effected by last week’s tornado.

Terre Haute Ministries, NBC 2/WAWV and Midwest Communications hosted the drive at the Mix-FM studios, 824 S. Third St.

“We had around 20,000 items donated and around $5,000 as well,” said Tim Sanders, WTWO and WAWV promotions director. “We also had over 100 volunteers that came out and helped unload the products onto the pallets. A special thanks to the Terre Haute Pallet Company for providing the pallets and forklifts.”  

Some of the major donations came from companies such as Kellogg’s, who donated three pallets of food, and Hershey’s, who donated one pallet of Payday candy bars, he added.

Honnalora Hubbard, Terre Haute Ministries executive director, said that no business can take full credit for the donations received.

“It was a team effort,” she said. “It was the citizens, media, volunteers, churches and all of Wabash Valley that made this possible.”

People at the drive were kept updated on the needs of the effected families via, she added.  

“People from Oklahoma texted in and were amazed by what we were doing,” Hubbard said. “It is really amazing that they were watching Terre Haute and thought highly of us for this drive.”

All donated items will go directly to Moore. A photography crew will be going with the semitrailer to take pictures of the items being handed out to Oklahomans.

“I am proud of the Wabash Valley,” Hubbard said. “Every time this area is asked to help, we always answer ‘yes.’ ”

Reporter Dustyn Fatheree can be reached at 812-231-4260 and at