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Mannford, Sand Springs Churches Become Donation Centers For Wildfire Victims

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First United Methodist in Sand Springs has turned into a grocery store, their pastor says, to help fire victims. First United Methodist in Sand Springs has turned into a grocery store, their pastor says, to help fire victims.
LakeChurch in Mannford is collecting donations for victims at Highways 51 and 48. LakeChurch in Mannford is collecting donations for victims at Highways 51 and 48.
People will need assistance for months to come as they try to rebuild, Pastor Don Tabberer said. People will need assistance for months to come as they try to rebuild, Pastor Don Tabberer said.

Area churches, businesses and organizations are assisting Oklahoma wildfire victims who have lost their homes.

The Sand Springs United Methodist Church is not only providing a place for the Red Cross Shelter but is a central collection and distribution point for donations. They are accepting donations at their 4th and Main location in Sand Springs.

Pastor Don Tabberer said they have enough clothing donations except for 3T toddler clothing.

Most immediate needs:

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Diapers
  • Personal hygiene items like razors, shaving cream, deodorant, denture supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste

"We had one poor couple come through here last night who told us their teeth were burned up in the fire," he said.

"Many of these people are older," he said.

LakeChurch of Mannford is located at "ground zero," the junction of Highways 51 and 48. They are accepting donations for wildfire victims who lost their homes.

News On 6 reporter Tara Vreeland spoke to volunteers and donors at the Mannford church.

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The groups are also looking for people and businesses that can donate storage space for furniture and appliances, and skilled laborers that will be able to help rebuild.

"As people rebuild, they are going to need larger items and building products such as lumber," Pastor Tabberer said.

"These people in Mannford have lost everything down to the ground. It's going to be months and years before this thing is over," he said.

If you can help with storage space and other goods and services, call Sand Springs United Methodist Church at 918-245-5955.

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Other donation locations:

Tulsa Salvation Army
Items including clothing
924 South Hudson
Other locations

Tulsa Region Red Cross
Those wishing to help people impacted by these wildfires and other disasters can make a financial donation to the Red Cross.
Online: www.okredcross.org, click on the "Donate" tab

LakeChurch in Mannford
Junction of Highways 51 & 48
Accepting donations for wildfire victims

Waterstone Cleaners in Owasso
96th and Garnett
Donations including camping equipment, flashlights, totes, ice chests, steel-toed shoes

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals
Providing food and temporary shelter for wildfire evacuee pets
info@animalallianceok.org
918-742-3700 or 918-625-8188

Porter Volunteer Fire Department and Porter Free Will Baptist Church
Food drive for families
Collection boxes at First State Bank and Porter City Hall

News On 6 has other victims' assistance information posted on our Facebook page.

 

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