Memphians Show Heart in Giving to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Memphians Show Heart in Giving to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

The best of Memphis was on display Friday morning. Dozens woke up bright and early to load a truck full of donations for Oklahoma tornado victims.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The best of Memphis was on display Friday morning. Dozens woke up bright and early to load a truck full of donations for Oklahoma tornado victims.

When Newby's owner Todd Adams started collecting donations Tuesday, he didn't know what would happen. The end result was Memphians of all ages showing our city's heart.

"People have donated and donated and donated. It's beautiful," says volunteer Jason Doty.

"We've got 2,000 cases of water. We have very large boxes of flip flops, clothes and shoes," adds Sarah Cobb. In total, there are 40,000 pounds of donations. Newby's collected things all week.

"A little boy brought me a Spiderman tooth brush the other day," Cobb says. "He said he liked Spiderman so he thought another little boy in Oklahoma would like one too. Those types of little stories have just made me have faith in Memphis."

Friday morning, people from all over the city loaded them up.

"You've got everybody," Doty says. "I work in the restaurant field. I'm the Executive Chef at Bluff City Bakery."

"We're from Houston FFA and we wanted to come help volunteer," says high school senior Elizabeth Brady. "I got a text message last night from our supervisor from Houston saying they needed volunteers," adds her friend Alyssa Ptacek.

They worked right along side elementary students like Jacob Clark and his friends. The 9 year olds woke up at 6 o'clock on their first day of summer vacation.

"To help out," Clark says. "We put water in the truck." "It was really heavy," says his friend Adam Trowell. "But it was worth it helping them."

"You know you're doing something good to help other people," adds their buddy John Henry Campbell.

The truck should arrive in Oklahoma City by Saturday morning. "It's going to be full," laughs Bill McDonald, the driver. He's taking the load straight there.

"These people need help. So I'm going to go out there and help them out. I've talked to other drivers who've been there and they all say it's just something you'll never forget."

Donations should arrive around 7 in the morning. They're being taken to a local church to hand out.
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