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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Local residents help with tornado relief

  • Even though last month's tornado in Moore, Okla., occurred in another state. It still hit close to home for local resident Amy Carpenter.
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  • Even though last month's tornado in Moore, Okla., occurred in another state. It still hit close to home for local resident Amy Carpenter.
    Carpenter said her cousin's home was destroyed in the tornado.
    "They're very luck to even be alive," she said.
    Carpenter, who works for the city of Leavenworth, helped with an effort to collect donations for people who were affected by the tornado.
    "It was my brother's (Chris Carpenter) idea," she said. "I just helped him."
    They have collected enough donations fill the length of a 28-foot long trailer, which will be hauled to Oklahoma Friday.
    "We had great support from the community," Amy Carpenter said.
    Organizers set up a collection site May 26 and again Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Leavenworth.
    "They gave us permission to use their parking lot," Carpenter said.
    They've collected items such as clothing, non-perishable food, toys, pet supplies and diapers.
    "Hygiene products and toiletries were a big item," Carpenter said.
    She said word about the collection effort spread largely through the use of Facebook. Additional donations have been coming in this week including a king size bed.
    She said Livin Nutrition in downtown Leavenworth has a donation bin set up through Thursday. Items donated there will be turned over to be taken to Oklahoma Friday.
    The items in the trailer will be delivered to Beth Haven Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, which Carpenter said is a designated distribution and relief center for the community. The husband of Carpenter's cousin also is an associate pastor at the church.
    She said the church provided a list of needed items that included things such as dust masks and garbage bags.
    People interested in making donations before the trailer is hauled to Oklahoma Friday can contact Carpenter at 913-547-2639.
    She said another collection effort may be organized in three or four months because the victims of the tornado likely will continue to need help.

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