Thursday, June 6 2013 4:06 PM EDT2013-06-06 20:06:14 GMT
KCTV5, KSMO, The Salvation Army and the American Children's Society are partnering together to deliver bottled water to tornado-ravaged areas of Oklahoma.Take 5 to Care: Helping Oklahoma launched at noonMore >>
Thank you Kansas City for your generosity in donating bottled water for tornado-ravaged areas of Oklahoma.
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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -
So many Kansas Citians are wanting to help provide aid and assistance to victims of Monday's tornado in Oklahoma. As great as it is to know people are helping, their stories of why are amazing.
One gentleman participating in the "Take 5 to Care: Helping Oklahoma" rolled up in a Fairway police car with a wheelie cart of water and a stack of worn books in his arms.
KCTV5, KSMO, The Salvation Army and the American Children's Society are partnering together to deliver bottled water to tornado-ravaged areas of Oklahoma.
Michael Newsom was rolling the water all the way from the Country Club Plaza, the nearest bus stop, and the officer picked him up two blocks shy of the KCTV5 studios at 4500 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway.
Newsom, a church deacon with Blessed Beyond Measure Ministries, said he was even worried he might get hit on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
He said he usually donates $10 to his Tuesday bible study but changed things up when he heard about the water drive.
"Instead of me going to bible study, I came to this study where somebody needed some help. Because we waste more water than we drink," Newsom said. "That $10 worth of water can bless some families more than me."
The same officer escorted Newsom back home after his gracious donation.
Others said they used the opportunity as a work team activity.
One woman said she had friends hit hard in Joplin tornado two years ago, so the bottled water collection was a way of giving back.
The American Children's Society provided two U-Haul trucks to haul the water to Moore. One loaded truck left Kansas City about 6 p.m. Tuesday and is on its way to help.
The second truck will follow once it is full, and it is almost there.
In addition to bottled water, you can make monetary donations to the Salvation Army. You can call 1-800-SALARMY, make an automatic $10 donation by texting 80888 or go to their website by clicking here.
At this point, the Salvation Army said other goods are not needed.
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