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SWVA relief groups helping Oklahoma tornado victims

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Day 1 of relief supply collection at Bonsack Walmart; Courtesy: Barry Armstrong, God's Pit Crew Day 1 of relief supply collection at Bonsack Walmart; Courtesy: Barry Armstrong, God's Pit Crew

WSLS is working together with Southwest Virginia relief organizations to collect supplies for victims of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma.


Danville based God's Pit Crew will join WSLS and Spirit FM radio in holding a relief collection drive on Wednesday and Thursday, at the Bonsack Walmart.

From noon until 7:00 p.m. on both days, givers are asked to donate:

  • Bottled water
  • Easy to open, non-perishable food, that does not need to be heated
  • Personal hygiene items (Unopened, still in their wrappers/containers)
  • Baby care items (diapers, baby wipes)
  • Financial donations to help pay for cost of transport

On Friday and Saturday, GPC will have a collection site at Danville Toyota (125 Piedmont Place) from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. both days.

In Galax on Saturday, God's Pit Crew will work together with Cornerstone Community Church, and the Galax Fire Department to collect supplies at the Galax Walmart starting at 8:00 a.m.

Supplies can also be taken to the GPC warehouse in Danville, at 2499 North Main Street.

God's Pit Crew is sending as many volunteers as they can to the Moore, Oklahoma area.  A GPC truck that had delivered relief supplies to the Granbury, Texas area, is headed to Tennessee to pick up supplies for Oklahoma.

Randy Johnson of GPC describes this as a massive relief effort, and a "Katrina moment."  Johnson added that the first disaster GPC ever responded to was a tornado that hit the Moore/Oklahoma City area in May of 1999.

If you would like to donate to help with the cost of sending supplies and volunteers, please go to God's Pit Crew's website: http://www.godspitcrew.org/



Campbell/Appomattox County based Gleaning For The World tells WSLS that the group has already paid for a truck load of bottled water.  A church in Oklahoma City picked up that water Tuesday.

GFTW is loading five tractor-trailer loads of supplies.  Between 3-4 of those trucks were expected to hit the road sometime Tuesday.  They'll be hauling water, blankets, cleaning supplies, baby care products, and food.

Andrew Young with GFTW says the group is also working to set up collection sites for those who want to donate.

Pulaski Health & Rehab in the town of Pulaski, will collect items from Friday, May 24th through May 28th, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. each day.  Relief supplies will be delivered to Gleaning For The World.

Items asked to be donated include:

  • Zip Lock Baggies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Comb/Brush
  • Deodorant/Shampoo/Soap
  • Batteries/Flashlights
  • Work Gloves
  • Paper Products
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bottled Water
  • Gatorade

If you would like to donate to Gleaning For The World: https://gftw.org/ways-to-help/donate/



Because We Care Ministries tells WSLS it will have a trailer to collect relief supplies at First Baptist Church in Downtown Roanoke on Thursday, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Supplies will be taken to a church in Oklahoma for distribution.

BWCM is the group WSLS helped collect supplies for in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, to take to New Jersey.



Angels of Assisi is collecting pet donations for people in Oklahoma.

They are asking for staples like dog and cat food and kitty litter.   Bones and toys are also welcome.

Donations can be dropped at Angels of Assisi, 415 Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, or at the Bonsack Walmart with God's Pit Crew.



Kroger plans to match up to $50,000 in customer donations at its Mid-Atlantic stores for Oklahoma tornado relief to the Red Cross.

Starting Sunday, May 26 and continuing through Saturday, June 8, Kroger customers can place a donation in the coin boxes at registers in stores.

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