World Care sends first truck from Tucson to Oklahoma
World Care is now preparing to send the first batch of supplies from your bus loads of donations to Oklahoma.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - In the days following the heartbreak in Oklahoma, the Southern Arizona community stepped up.
World Care Civillian Emergency Relief Center sent the first batch of supplies from your bus loads of donations to Oklahoma Thursday at about 3:30p.
According to World Care officials, the truck weighed in a 22,000 pounds and the value of the aid was estimated at $440,000.
"We were actually a little short staffed on Friday to unload the buses," World Care project manager Gwen Corner said. "This is basically the largest disaster response that I've ever seen."
Corner, who is now on the ground in Oklahoma, said it is going to take multiple shipments to get all of Tucson's donations to the town torn apart by the tornadoes.
Corner says it is also best to spread out the shipments because right now the communities may be doing OK, but in the next couple of weeks they'll need to restock essential supplies.
This week volunteers have sorted the piles of donations by food, hygiene and other categories.
KGUN 9 On Your Side wants to thank everyone again for their tremendous outpouring of support.