Sample said the Joplin team brought to his church “some great advice from what they’d learned.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the church was a model of efficiency as volunteers on the parking lot directed carloads of donations through a circle drive at the front door, where other volunteers offloaded the supplies onto dollies. Inside, still more volunteers processed and directed the donations, which included household goods, clothing, diapers, bottled water and food, and a door greeter directed volunteers.
Volunteers also streamed in from other cities. A team of volunteers called the Comanche Nation Angels from Lawton walked the streets offering pizza to anyone they saw.
Lani Manuel, of Bartlesville, drove in with 100 cases of bottled water and walked the streets handing them out with her sister, Teresa Wyman.
Matthew Cervantes, a San Antonio resident who had come to Midwest City to visit a friend, Shawn Cook, said the two responded at daybreak Tuesday morning.
Cervantes said he was shocked by the destruction and debris.
“But we felt like we needed to come,” he said. “There’s no other place we’d rather be.”