KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Switch Marketing asked for help packing a tractor trailer with items for Oklahoma tornado survivors. The American Red Cross and Kirkwood Fire Department found donors lining up to give.
The group had a long wish list.
"Baby items, personal needs, cleaning supplies, pet supplies," Switch`s Andrew Mullins read from a list.
Nearby, volunteers hauled a 50-pound bag of pet food from the back of a woman`s SUV.
"We`re doing all the goods donations to basically stuff the truck to send it down to Moore and Oklahoma City," Mullins said.
As others packed one box after another into a tractor trailer donated by Hogan Trucking, commuters stopped for a second at the Kirkwood Commons Shopping Center. They dropped off donations of what survivors desperately need to get through the aftermath of the deadly tornado that killed dozens and displaced thousands.
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"We`re trying to get all the new, packaged goods and supplies to the folks down there in the highest need as soon as possible," Mullins explained.
The St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross sent three volunteers and 30 vehicles to the disaster zone. The rest stayed to collect, cash, check and credit donations.
"So, the money is going directly to buy the services and the things that people need," explained Arthur Highland, of the American Red Cross. "Whether it`s a hotel room, or a change of clothes, or other financial assistance."
Kirkwood firefighters collected money and packed donations, helping their brothers and sisters in Oklahoma deal with the overwhelming task of being a first responder in conditions like these.
"Especially, when it hits a town where you`re people live and you`re taking care of them," said Deputy Fire Chief David Smith. "They had to be just as devastated as any of the homes and schools you see on TV."
Those firefighters were on-post all day long they haven't been able to move.
"The way you describe Kirkwood, it`s a small-town in a big city atmosphere," Smith pointed out. "People want to help."
Donations will be accepted until 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013
Kirkwood Commons Shopping Center
S. Lindbergh & Interstate-44
Loughborough Commons Shopping Center
Loughborough & Interstate-55
South St. Louis
The group is accepting new and prepackaged items:
Baby Items - Diapers, wipes, formula, Pedialyte or equivalent
Personal needs - lip balm, Insect repellant, bathroom tissue, feminine hygiene products, sunscreen, eye drops, first aid supplies, wet wipes, toiletries
Cleaning supplies - bleach, disinfectant, paper towels
Building and packing materials -small hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, nails, crow bars, saws, screws, work gloves, plywood, Duct tape, heavy duty garbage bags, storage containers, nylon rope, large plastic containers tarps
Pet supplies - food, kitty litter, pet bowls
Children shoes, socks, underwear, clothes, sports equipment (balls)
Batteries (C and D sizes)
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