Oklahoma donation collections continue

Jaden Salzer and Debbie Salzer came from La Porte, Ind., to volunteer at the Oklahoma donation site in Manistee, located behind Dr. Shrink, 315 Washington St.

MANISTEE — A committed group of individuals from the Manistee area and beyond are gathering donations to send to victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado.

Organizer Diane Miller has assembled volunteers to help sort through and accept donations at the site, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Dr. Shrink, located at 315 Washington St. in Manistee.

“It’s coming together,” Miller said. “I just want to stress how thankful that I am about the outpour of helping (that we have received).”

Debbie Salzer and her family, from La Porte, Ind., are in Manistee for two days to help with the donations. A family friend was affected by the tornados and her daughter, Christine, has friends in the Manistee area.

“We have volunteered before,” Salzer said. “We went to Alabama when they had tornados down there, and we enjoy the feeling that you get in volunteering.

“They have to have a body here, so they might as well have us,” she continued. “They can’t do this without volunteers.”

So far, playing cards, toiletries, towels and sheets have been received. The donations have been slow but the volunteers hope it will pick up as the word gets out.

Items needed includes: boxes, soap, hand sanitizer, feminine products, shampoo/conditioner, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes/toothpaste, towels, rags, all baby items, toiletries, styrofoam cups, plastic plates and cutlery, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, trash bags, dog and cat food, horse supplies, blankets, batteries, sheets, pillows and plastic containers.

No adult clothes are needed.

Donations will be accepted until June 13. The organizers will then prepare to send the goods to Oklahoma with a semitruck donated by Bill Marsh Auto Group in Traverse City.

Volunteers are still needed to help sort through and accept donations. For more information, call Miller at (231) 510-5641 or visit the “Oklahoma Donation Site” Facebook group.

“Even if it’s for half hour or an hour, (anything will help),” Miller said. “I don’t want people to feel obligated to stay there the whole day long.”

Where: 315 Washington St. in Manistee.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until June 13.

What’s needed:

The Oklahoma donation site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Dr. Shrink, 315 Washington St. Neon signs point the way.

  • boxes;
  • soap;
  • hand sanitizer;
  • feminine products;
  • shampoo/conditioner;
  • razors;
  • shaving cream;
  • toothbrushes/toothpaste;
  • towels/rags;
  • all baby items;
  • toiletries;
  • styrofoam cups;
  • plastic plates and cutlery;
  • cleaning supplies;
  • laundry detergent;
  • trash bags;
  • dog and cat food;
  • horse supplies;
  • blankets;
  • batteries;
  • sheets;
  • pillows;
  • plastic containers.
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Posted by Eric Sagonowsky

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