A Rock Hill non-profit group has set up a donation site at its warehouse to collect and deliver goods to victims of Mondays tornados in Oklahoma.
We are part of helping this community when it is in need, and now the community in Oklahoma is in need, said Jonathan Pannell, assistant director at House of Bread. There has already been people in York County who are looking for a way to help.
We already have churches who are collecting.
The collection site is at 4124 Celanese Road, near the Rock Hill-York County airport, in the former Winn-Dixie building across Airport Road from the National Guard armory.
The donation effort is in partnership with the local Palmetto chapter of the American Red Cross.
The site will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Those hours could be extended if the community response warrants.
Boy Scout Troop 275 in Indian Land also has teamed with the Red Cross to collect donations for delivery to Oklahoma. The troop will collect donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Food Lion store, 8175 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.
Non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers and other items that will not spoil are needed. No clothes or perishable food will be accepted, said Gina Amato, emergency services specialist for the Red Cross in Rock Hill.
So many people want to help, but it is important that the help is what people need in Oklahoma, Amato said.
Financial donations can still be made redcross.org, or by calling the local office at 803-329-6575, or visiting the local office at 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill.
The local Red Cross, which has sent two volunteers to assist in Oklahoma, also is holding a new volunteer orientation at 5 p.m. Tuesday at its office. Pre-registration for that course is required at redcross.org/upperpalmetto or by telephone.
Andrew Dys • 803-329-4065