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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Ways to help Shawnee area tornado victims

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  • Sue Dyke, from Wesley Methodist Church in Shawnee, said that along with all of the wonderful sites giving away supplies for tornado victims, the Wesley Free Clothes Closet is offering jeans, shoes, work clothes, children clothing, toys, etc. She said "We'll be open on the patio behind the church, 302 E. Independence, from 9-5 p.m. through Saturday, and anyone may phone 405-570-3776 for additional hours.
    "We will open any day to serve anyone needing clean clothes," she added.
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    Lakeview Church on SH 102 is looking for groups to volunteer in case you have a work group that wants to go out and help. There is no training for their help groups.
    Tim & Cindy Smith are the contacts. Cindy's cell is 405-481-0008
    Tim's cell is 405-714-2812.
    They have a very organized list of heavy duty manual labor needs for different families. It would be great if one person from your company could contact them to adopt a project.
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    Lt. Philip Canning of The Salvation Army said his organization and the American Red Cross, which are working closely together, can use monetary donations. Those donations can be made to The Salvation Army or the American Red Cross.
    The two organizations and the Southern Baptist men have been providing meals at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center since Monday morning.
    Canning indicated the donations will be used to purchase needed food items and those items needed by the organizations.
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    Scott Kingrey, general manager at Shawnee Mall, said the mall will be taking donations to assist with the relief effort across Oklahoma. Donations can be dropped off at the Center Court stage in front of JC Penney or the mall office which is located in the service corridor opposite JC Penney's just off center court.
    All items received will be given to the American Red Cross.
    The mall common area is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p..m, Kingrey said, and office hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "We will be accepting clothing, food, hygiene items, bedding etc. If you have any questions please contact the mall, 405-275-7253 EXT. 0 or visit the mall's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Shawnee-Mall/256665634408619," he added.
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    Dale School, 300 Smith Drive in Dale, has clothes, baby supplies, shoes and personal items available for victims of the tornadoes, according to Karren Cantrell, counselor.
    Anyone in need may go to the Multi-Purpose Classroom at the school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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    Page 2 of 3 - The Rev. Amy Busse Perkins, pastor Shawnee's United Presbyterian Church, said the church collected donation of diapers, work gloves, bottled water and gatorade for the immediate Moore Relief Effort at the church on Tuesday. The church is located at 330 N. Beard Street, Shawnee.
    For more information, please contact Perkins at 405-275-1084 or 405-788-2113.
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    Shawnee Rescue Mission has announced its received free new moving boxes from Feed The Children.
    Officials there said "f you or somebody you know has been affected by tornadoes and need boxes to move their stuff, we have thousands of new boxes available. Please come by Shawnee Rescue Mission, 204 N Louisa. Pull down back alley garage door on the west side of building."
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    Pottawatomie County's Health Department will be providing free Tetanus shots to adults at the Expo center from 8:00 to 5:00.
    An official there said "We will have adult and children's tetanus also at the health department."
    The facility is located at 1904 Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee.
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    The Baptist Convention has chainsaw relief teams available to help with debris removal. They can be contacted at 405-443-7583, 405-388-6912 or 405-415-5261.
    The Shawnee Animal Shelter has some space for people that are displaced with animals. Contact them at 405-878-1531 and they are located at 1502 N. Leo, Shawnee.
    Donations of clothing and household goods can be delivered to the Salvation Army at 200 E. 9th, Shawnee. They ask that you do not bring clothes or other household items to any of the shelters or emergency responder locations, please take those items to the Salvation Army Thift Store on East Ninth.
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    Red Cross has a shelter open at Shawnee Athletic Center: 1001 N Kennedy in Shawnee. Current population is 12.
    Providing canteen support to first responders at Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center 1700 W. Independence.
    There is also a fixed feeding site at the Expo Center center in the grandstands where people can get a hot meal. Breakfast is being provided through a partnership with the Salvation Army and then lunch and dinner in coordination with the Baptist southern men.
    Also, BCI Broadband has set up and is maintaining a communications café at the Red Cross aid station at the high school. Available are several laptops, wifi internet, landline phones and a large screen TV set up in the gym so displaced folks can communicate and have some down time. BCI Broadband is also providing coffee and cookies to the victims, volunteers and first responders.
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    Lakeview Church of Christ church located immediately off SH 102, one mile south of where the killer tornado struck on Sunday, in partnership with West Monroe Louisiana, is serving hot meals. This will continue through the coming days. Any families, workers, etc. affected or involved with the disaster Sunday evening are welcome to come by to receive a hot meal.
    Page 3 of 3 - The church also has a semi-truck load of materials available for anyone adversely affected in the Bethel Acres, and Dale area.
    Please do not bring donation to this site. They have materials ready to distribute.
    Gordon Cooper Technology Center, in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technology Education will be setting up in the parking lot of the church to provide safety training for clean-up volunteers (use of chainsaws, etc.) hard hats will be available as well, and any other help that can assist in the clean-up effort.
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    The YMCA is a Donation Drop Off Site. It is accepting donations at 700 W. Saratoga, at the Shawnee Family YMCA. The number is 405 273-4386
    Also, the YMCA is open for showers should individuals need to shower.
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    American Red Cross has an immediate need of water, snacks, gatorade and small personal hygiene products (travel size) If you live in Shawnee, please take the donations direct to the Red Cross at 232 N. Broadway.
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    The Oklahoma Insurance Commission representatives will stage an office on the second floor of the Expo Center located at 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK 74804.
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    Also, there are two blood drives this Friday, May 24. The first is at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FireLake Lanes on Hardesty Road. And another 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. FireLake Grand Casino.
    The Red Cross will be taking applications for volunteers at Firelake Grand Casino (Command Center for the recent Oklahoma tornados). If you are interested go to the Grand building to the right of the Casino and ask for Barb, Heather or Jeff.
    Volunteers are needed.
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    OBU is offering transitional housing in Agee Residence Center for those who have lost or sustained damage to their homes. Up to 350 beds are available through May 29 when the rooms will need to be vacated for previously contracted summer camps.
    To arrange housing, contact Michael Burns, OBU director of residential life, at 405-308-7336 or come to the front desk inside the south door of Agee Residence Center and ask for Burns or Jeremy Fisher, director of Agee Residence Center.
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