Trucking In Relief To Picher Residents

Tuesday, May 13th 2008, 7:47 am
By: News On 6

Oklahoma organizations are offering volunteers and donations to Picher after a devastating tornado ripped through the Ottawa County community Saturday evening. 

News On 6 reporter Mary Joseph reports the donations of food and clothing were shipped quickly to the town.

Bottled water, soap and ready to eat food are necessities that the people of Picher have received and will continue to receive from organizations like Feed the Children.

With their trailer locked and loaded with 43,000 pounds of supplies, Feed the Children tried to bring some relief to the town.

At the Red Cross, Carla Young, who coordinated volunteer efforts, said volunteers headed to Picher and mental health workers were on standby.

"After the first few days, reality starts setting in and that's when they need some professional guidance," Young said.

The Oklahoma Baptist General Convention send 30 volunteers who provided meals for the victims devastated from the storms.

"Its look like a May 3 tornado," volunteer Sam Porter said.

Feed the Children said more trucks will be headed to the town to continue to help with the relief efforts.