OCCC a donation collection site

Public Relations Assistant Director Deirdre Steiner said OCCC will be accepting donations for victims of the May 20 tornado through Friday, May 24.

Donations are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a drive-through procession at the former Child Development Center, located next to the John Massey Center building just off of May Avenue, Steiner said.

“OCCC is not collecting money,” Steiner said.

According to a Public Relations email, the following items are needed: Toiletries, diapers, sports shoes, closed-toe tennis shoes, new socks, new underwear, household items including dishes, cookware, silverware, small appliances, bedding, linens, towels and box fans.

Steiner said OCCC has confirmation of four staff members who lost homes, animals and vehicles.

“No one that we know was seriously hurt,” she said. “There were some injuries obviously. But we have some people who have really suffered.”

Steiner said the number of students affected by the tornado is unknown at this time.

“We just want to do something to assist our students, our faculty and our staff, and the people who are really suffering in this.”

According to the Public Relations email, “Staff volunteers will be asked to work two- to three-hour shifts throughout the day. Ideally, we will need four staff volunteers per shift. We encourage volunteers to wear an OCCC shirt and name badge.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Randy Cassimus via email at john.r.cassimus@occc.edu. He is coordinating the volunteer effort. For more information, contact Cassimus at 405-682-1611, ext.7478.

For a list of those affected and a drop-off site map, visit http://www.occc.edu/storm.

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