Created on Friday, 07 June 2013 Written by MANDY LOEHR
While the people of several Oklahoma cities are still picking up the pieces from devastating tornados that have struck during the past 21⁄2 weeks, area residents can join a local collection effort to assist those who likely have lost everything they own.
City resident Anne Reames is heading up a collection of supplies at her church, St. Patrick Church, as a part of a larger endeavor organized by the Ohio School Boards Association to directly benefit the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.
“It is just unimaginable what the people in Oklahoma have been through. They’ve lost their homes, their businesses and their loved ones,” said Ms. Reames, a Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education member and also part of the OSBA’s Southwest Regional Executive Committee.
“We received information about the OSBA collection drive, and I thought this was a very practical way that we could reach out. I think people in our community really want to help, and just need a vehicle to do so.”
Among the items being sought through the project include school supplies to benefit the children who have lost their schools.
Suggested school-related donations include notebooks and paper, markers, crayons, glue, backpacks, pens and pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, highlighters, dry-erase markers, construction paper, copy paper, binders, rulers, tape, art supplies, gym supplies and desk computers.
“Although it will take time for the schools to be rebuilt, the students will still be attending school somewhere else, and will need supplies for when their school year starts,” Ms. Reames said.
Other suggested items include personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, soap; work supplies like gloves, brooms and shovels, along with canned foods, bottled water, dog and cat food, diapers, baby wipes, formula, sunscreen, insect spray and trash bags. Gift cards also can be donated to help meet other needs.
Robinson Investments Ltd. has offered storage space for the project if the church is overwhelmed with a large number of items, Ms. Reames noted.
Once the collection is completed, the OSBA will pay for the shipping of the supplies to Oklahoma.
Donations can be dropped off throughout June at the parish house, 328 E. Patterson Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Ms. Reames notes that the office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday because of a staff retreat.
To arrange for the delivery of larger items or for other hours, contact Ms. Reames at 592-1656.