Tulsa Area Trucking Firm Collecting Donations For Alabama Tornado Victims

Saturday, May 7th 2011, 4:04 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Kiefer trucking firm has partially filled a semi-tractor truck with items for the tornado victims in Alabama. They've parked the vehicle in the Reasor's parking lot at 41st and Yale and are welcoming donations on Sunday.

Truck driver Brandon Forson got the idea last week when he was delivering freight in Alabama and Georgia.

"It's one thing to see it on TV and another when you're within 30 feet of a family with babies on their hips looking at where their house used to be and crying," he said Saturday.

Forson drove through some of the worst hit areas including Ringgold, Georgia and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When he got back, he suggested taking a truck load of contributions to his employer, Glazier Trucking of Kiefer.

"They were already thinking about it," he said. "They're donating the truck, trailer and fuel, and I'm donating my services to drive it down."

Forson contacted the Red Cross who said they have adequate supplies of water and clothing but badly need items like personal hygiene kits, rakes, shovels, gloves, non-perishable snacks to hand out and all kinds of items for babies: food, clothing, diapers and baby wipes.

"Our goal is to pack this semi trailer completely full of donated goods going down to the tornado victims Alabama," he said.