Learn What Oklahoma Wildfire Victims Really Need

Monday, August 6th 2012, 5:17 pm
By: News On 6

Donations are pouring in for the victims of this weekend's wildfires in Creek County. Some items are piling up, while other basic necessities are desperately needed.

LakeChurch in Mannford is at "ground zero," where they are coordinating with other churches and organizations to help people who are stuck at home without water or power and those who lost absolutely everything.

The wildfires are seared into memories. Like so many others, Sherry Pradmore says the fire destroyed everything.

"The trailers melt do you know that? The siding melted on my daughter's just like ice cream," said Sherry Pradmore, a Creek County wildfire victim.

"They were like bombs. The cars were - gasoline tanks, baby - just blowing. Duck your head and pull your hands over. Fire went up over our truck," she said.

"My house is totally gone. Thirty some years of gatherings."

Floyd Inks is another Creek County fire victim.

"We lost everything – just everything," he said. "Our land is gone. Really just burned up."

A community charred by Mother Nature is now dusting off the ashes to start again.

"This is pretty devastating. The numbers are 58,000 acres. That's Colorado, California type fires right here in Creek County," said Mannford City Manager Mike Nunneley.

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Mannford City Manager Mike Nunneley says what's needed are nonperishable items: food, baby food, pet food. Paper goods like paper plates, cups and napkins. Personal care items like toothpaste and toothbrushes.

"Ninety-five percent of people still have a house. They are living in it with no electricity and no water, but they don't want to leave that house," Nunneley said.

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Nunneley says the area lost 50-70 homes, like Sherry Pradmore's. But she says everything can be replaced. What they really need are prayers.

And hugs. And support.

"People ask me what we really, really want," she said. "It's not possible just yet. We want a place. We want our own bed. To feel safe. And we'll have it."

Nunneley says they do NOT need any more clothes. He says people are only taking a few items because really, they have no place to put it.