Powhatan, VA—Many here in Central Virginia are searching for ways to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma. A group of women in Powhatan decided to take matters into their own hands, and are pitching in to help in the best way they can.
"Virginians On A Mission" started as an idea thought up by two Powhatan women, Debbie Elam and Regina Reams-Prigg.
"You don't have to know somebody to give them a helping hand," Debbie says of why they wanted to help.
On Tuesday night with the help of friends, they packed boxes full of toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other personal care items. They plan to load the boxes onto Regina's horse trailer and take it to Oklahoma.
"I have the horse trailer, I have the time, I have the assets why not do it?" Regina says of the effort.
They understand the dire state many Oklahoma citizens have found themselves in after the deadly twister.
"We have no idea how bad they need it," says Debbie.
For Debbie, the tragedy is personal: she lived in Alabama when a F5 tornado hit in the 1990s. She understands how hard it can be to get basic grooming supplies after such a devastating event.
Although Debbie and Regina hope to collect enough items to fill the horse trailer, they say they won't stop when it is full. In fact, they say that a full trailer is just the beginning of their efforts.
"I'm hoping that I have to call Cox Transport in Ashland to bring a tractor trailer in."
Regina plans to leave Friday morning with the trailer. She'll be traveling with a U.S. Marine who was badly wounded in Afghanistan. She says she draws inspiration from the Marine's sacrifice.
"If he can get out of his wheelchair and go down to Oklahoma and do triage and search and rescue, then I can get out here and do something."
"Doing something" is what the group is all about.
"I feel very fortunate. I have a home to live in. I have a good family. I have a son who is with me there are people in Oklahoma that don't have that anymore."
Here is a list of items that Virginians on a Mission is accepting for donation:
- Bottled Water
- Bottled Gatorade and Powerade
- Canned food
- Canned pet food
- Canned vegetables, fruit, and other nonperishable items (peanut butter, tuna, crackers, etc).
- Baby food
- Diapers, wipes
- Toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo
- Ziploc bags
- Money to pay for fuel (they are accepting donations via Paypal)
-Medical supplies (gauze, medical tape, ointments, etc.)
Drop off locations include:
-Elam Animal Hospital (1403 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, VA 23139)
-The Richard D. Obenshain Center (115 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
To donate cash, please turn in money at the Four Seasons Restaurant (3967 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23219). Email MrsPrigg@aol.com to set up a PayPal donation.
To learn more about Virginians on a Mission, visit their Facebook page here.
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