Local efforts to provide assistance to those affected by the devastating EF5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20 are underway.
Randy Walsh of Henrietta and Casey Walsh of Wichita Falls will travel to Oklahoma City on Thursday to deliver donated goods for relief. Darrin Reed of Henrietta has donated use of a 5-by-9 foot enclosed trailer.
Donation boxes have been set up at Dollar General and Diamond Foods in Henrietta. Items also can be dropped off at 902 E. Commerce St. in Henrietta.
Items needed are bottled water and Gatorade, work gloves, sunscreen wipes, pet food, individually wrapped snacks, tarps, hand sanitizer, batteries, flashlights, trash bags, baby formula and diapers.
Leigh Anne Hope of Henrietta has organized a Teddy Bear drive through the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Once enough bears are collected, Leigh Anne and Todd Hope will transport the stuffed animals to a collection point in the Oklahoma City area.
Donations of stuffed animals can be dropped of at the office of Todd Hope, 112 N. Bridge St., Henrietta, or arrangements can be made by contacting Hope at (940) 538-0321.
Todd Hope said that they understand donations of personal items, such as clothing and household items, are not yet needed due to the overwhelming task of the recovery.
Monetary donations can be made to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and a number of other non-profit and religious based organizations.
Update: Henrietta Care Center will host a bake sale to benefit tornado recover efforts on Friday, May 24 in front of Henrietta Pharmacy. The bake sale begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until all items are sold.
For sale will be breakfast burritos, cakes, pies, cookies and brownies. Those wishing can donate baked goods. For more information, call Henrietta Care Center at (940) 538-4303.