Toddlers dressed in University of Oklahoma gear help sift through items on a semi-truck Wednesday. Many of the items their small hands carry are meant for children younger than them.
Patti Walz said saw families to cope with the tornado aftermath and felt like she needed to do something. As of Tuesday morning, a “Moms Helping Moms” donation drive was simply an idea. By 2 p.m. that same day others had come forward to make it a reality, Walz said.
“It has been non-stop,” Walz said. “I want to fill this truck to the very top.”
The goal of the drive is to provide items for the children in Moore who are now facing very adult circumstances.
“Everything we take for granted…they don’t have anymore,” Walz said.
For Walz, there is a personal connection to Oklahoma. Her son graduated from the University of Oklahoma just last week.
“We were there where all this happened,” she said. “He is still there now. B the grace of Go,d he wasn't on the interstate where he should've been at that time. He's in Oklahoma City right now and is coming back to Midwest. He has been helping there and knows people we can get these items to.”
Mothers from all over town stop by the La-Z-Boy parking lot on Main Street in Mishawaka. Some come with their own children to drop off things like diapers, baby formula and toys.
“It is all heartbreaking,” Walz said. “As parents and grandparents, can you imagine having to run up to a school that has been flattened? People have survived this but it is going to affect them for the rest of their lives.”
The collection drive will continue Thursday.
Below is a list of items they are looking for:
nursery/distilled water (gallons)
pajamas- cotton and fleece
shoes for toddlers/kids
socks of all sizes
first aid kits for babies/kids