The Norman Transcript


May 22, 2013

Norman church serves storm victims

NORMAN — Journey Church was humming with activity Tuesday morning as hundreds of volunteers worked to organize donated goods for the victims of Monday’s tornado in Moore.

Stations throughout the church, 3801 Journey Pkwy. in Norman, had stacks of pillows, blankets, clothing, diapers, food, water and more as volunteers hurriedly organized the flood of resources. As of Tuesday morning, Pastor Sam Wampler said the church had served around 100 storm victims.

One of them was Kaye Bailey whose home at 1517 Ginger Ave. in Moore, was destroyed in the storm.

With tears in her eyes as she clung to her dog, Bailey described the experience of riding out the storm inside a closet.

“When it finally went by, I just saw some daylight under the door,” she said. “When I opened the door, there wasn’t nothing there.”

Bailey arrived at Journey Church Monday night, and was supplied with clothing, food and a place to sleep for the night.

“The church is a really nice thing to have set up for people like this. Things are going on all around me. Pretty amazing,” she said. “I saw them all do it for the Piedmont tornado, too. I wasn’t in that, but my best friend’s sister was. When they say on TV that Oklahoma is a great state — I’m sure other states do the same for their people, too — but it’s a great state. It’s amazing.”

Wampler said the church has received so many donations they’re having to move items by semitruck to store elsewhere.

Though items are still being accepted, Wampler encouraged volunteers to give of their time and resources in the weeks to come after some of the excitement dies down.

Other churches in the area, such as Harvest Church at 6450 36th Ave. NW in Norman, also are providing food and shelter to victims, as well as accepting donations.

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