Reaching out and collecting goods for victims of OK tornado

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

As the healing process begins in the tornado-ravaged town of Moore, Oklahoma, people in Michiana came out to show their support for victims of this week's tragedy.

The Moms Helping Moms event continued on Thursday in the La-Z-Boy parking lot on Main St. in Mishawaka. One Michiana mom organized the donation drive to collect supplies for kids affected by the terrible tornado.

Since the drive began, the community's response has been incredible. By lunchtime in Thursday, May 23, the drive had filled an entire semi truck with needed items like baby food, toys and diapers.

The effort has special meaning for a Notre Dame graduate-turned employee who was back home in Oklahoma City on Monday when disaster struck just several miles away.

"It was really emotional, I hated getting on the plane and coming back here," said Sarah Smith, Oklahoma City native and employee of the Notre Dame athletic department, "I wanted to stay but I knew that a civilian can only do so much after something like that happens. So I knew my ability to help wouldn't be very great."

Thankfully, no one in Sarah's immediate family was affected by the deadly storms.

She, like all the other contributors to the drive are grateful to have the opportunity to help. The drive wrapped up Thursday afternoon will the filling up of the semi.

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