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May 23, 2013

Local relief drive for Oklahoma storm victims underway


Somerset —

Somernites Cruise will be collecting items during its events this weekend, and the radio will have live remotes with drop-off access at the Meet & Greet at Danny’s Rod Shop this afternoon and the Block Party in downtown Somerset tonight, and also at the Show and Shine downtown tomorrow and at the U.S. 27 Dairy Queen location tomorrow night.
Coretrans trucking trailers will be outside of Eagle Heights Church on Tuesday. Coretrans is partnering with Somernites Cruise and Clear Channel in the relief effort. Individuals can come by and drop off items there, with the goal of filling two whole trailers.
“We would like to get the first trailer filled as quickly as possible,” said Padgett, noting that they’d like to have it on the road by Wednesday or Thursday. She added that needs may change as the process goes along, so the second trailer will be able to handle those potential developments.
The trucks will be there next week because Padgett knows it may be harder to get items together during the Memorial Day holiday.
“Right now everyone has vacation on their mind,” she said. “We wanted to wait until Tuesday before we started staffing (the relief effort collection).”
The EF5 tornado which wiped out the Oklahoma City suburb Moore on Monday left damages in the billions of dollars and killed a couple dozen people. While saddened for the destruction that happened and eager to be able to help the Oklahomans put their lives back together, Padgett knows it could have been worse.
“I think one of the things that strikes me most is how widespread the devastation was, how big an area it affected,” she said. “The fact that only 24 people died says a lot about their preparedness there. Being in Oklahoma, they’re more used to this type of weather, they know what to expect. They know to get to a shelter immediately. That makes a big difference.”

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