JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - People across the country are asking how they can help the tornado victims in Oklahoma; the congregation at a local church is stepping forward offering to help collect supplies and ship them them to the Sooner State.
A shipping container arrived at Johnson City's New Hope Church of Christ Wednesday morning, but this is only a temporary stop. Its final destination is the tornado ravaged communities of Oklahoma.
"We just feel as Americans we need to help our fellow Americans out. We are just trying to collect items that they need," says church deacon Randy Hyatt, who organized the effort.
The church kicked off its collections campaign on Wednesday, but Randy Hyatt started putting the effort together shortly after the tornado hit on Monday.
He's already contacted a church in the area and has drop off location arranged. "Just bring it by here at the church. We have a container we are going to put the stuff in," Hyatt said. "As soon as we have enough to load the truck we are going to take off to Oklahoma."
He told us this empty box is only the first of what will they hope be many filled containers headed west to help meet the need. "We will keep taking donations as long as they are needed there," says Hyatt.
The church will be collecting donations six days a week. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 1 until 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
They're located on the Bristol Highway behind Crowder RV.
The church is asking for donations of cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, baby formula and diapers, pet food, non-perishable food, small hand tools like buckets, rakes, and shovels.