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May 25, 2013

Donation drive in Valley aims to send help to Oklahoma tornado victims

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute Ministries, along with WTWO, WAWV, Q102.7 and 100.7 Mix-FM are joining forces to help those impacted by tornadoes in Moore, Okla.

The “Mission Moore” donation drive is being staged from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mix-FM Midwest Communications building at 824 S. Third St.

“We are asking for people to volunteer at the drive, to donate items and finances to aid Moore, Oklahoma,” said Honnalora Hubbard, executive director at Terre Haute Ministries. “We are looking for around 100 volunteers and as many resources as we can gather.”

People interested in volunteering can apply by emailing kirsten@terrehauteministries.org or calling 812-234-7100 ext. 215. Individuals who wish to make a financial donation can bring cash or checks to the drive or donate directly to the Terre Haute Ministries via First Financial Bank locations. Items can be donated by going to the drive location.

“We ask that people put their items in plastic totes to more easily stack them into the semi-trucks,” Hubbard said. “We will also accept empty plastic totes as well as Walmart gift cards which will be used to purchase items that are needed in Oklahoma.”

The demand for certain items may change during the drive, she said. Journeychurch.tv is deploying a caravan into the affected areas in Oklahoma and seeing what the residents need the most. They will update the list of needed items throughout the day reflecting the feedback they receive from  residents.

Following the drive, a crew will travel to Oklahoma to take pictures of the items donated being distributed on Thursday, she said.

“It is rare for people to actually see their donated items go to the cause,” Hubbard said.

Robb Reel, brand manager for Q102.7 said that 100 percent of the donated items are going straight for Oklahoma. He said there is a way for anyone to help, whether it is volunteering some time or making a direct monetary donation.

Hubbard and a crew of six volunteers are going to Moore over the weekend to facilitate the needs of the victims and to help how they can.

“We are going for a number of reasons,” she said. “We are going shoulder-to-shoulder with the affected families to connect with them and help how we can. We are also going to meet with our partners to firm up details on the drive. I am especially looking forward to Sunday morning because it will be the first church service since the travesty, and it will be incredible to share faith with everyone.”

Overall, the Terre Haute Ministries is a collection of more than 40 churches that look to serve the community in cases of big disasters to individuals seeking help.

“It is one thing for churches to get together to help, but without the local media we wouldn’t be able to get the message out,” Hubbard said. “They are priceless and they make giving to the community fun.”

Reporter Dustyn Fatheree can be reached 812-231-4260 and dustyn.fatheree@tribstar.com.

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