Enterprise Helps Oklahoma Tornado Victims

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

The devastating tornado that wiped out much of Moore, Oklahoma hit close to home for Kristina Anderson.

“We are still feeling the effects of that [2007 Enterprise tornado] with the brand new high school, and how Enterprise rebuilt itself to an even better town and we're hoping the same thing happens in Moore, Oklahoma,” explained Anderson, an Enterprise Resident.

Saturday, Enterprise Chamber of Commerce parked outside Walmart with a 40-foot trailer. They are collecting non-perishable items for Oklahoma tornado victims.

“We always want to be able to pay it forward or pay it back and who knows, maybe someone in Oklahoma, rightfully so Moore, Oklahoma, might have literally contributed to our time of need,” expressed Kenneth Boswell, mayor of Enterprise.

Victims need food, water, and hygiene products. However, Anderson donated something many overlook: pet food.

Anderson said, “I bought the cat food because I think sometimes the animals are the forgotten victims.”

“It takes days, sometimes months, maybe even years, before they get back to their rightful owner, and so they'll shelter the dogs up somewhere and they have to feed them,” explained Ben Stanfield, tourism director at Enterprise Chamber of Commerce.

Stanfield estimates the 18-wheeler can fit up to 12 boxes.

“Sessions Peanuts in Enterprise donated us some huge boxes, so if we can fill those up, 12 boxes, that'd be a big truck,” he said.

Anderson believes everyone can do their small part to make a big difference.

“We can't all afford to write out a check to the Red Cross, but we can pick up a buy-one-get-one-free item at the grocery store,” she said.

The truck will continue collecting non-perishable items through the weekend. Visit Walmart on Boll Weevil Circle in Enterprise to donate. They will not accept any clothes.

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