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Local partnership plans Oklahoma relief effort

By Jessica Arp, jarp@wisctv.com
Published On: May 21 2013 06:29:41 PM CDT
Updated On: May 21 2013 08:22:51 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

A local grocery store is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to send help to storm victims in Oklahoma.

Metcalfe's Sentry owner Tim Metcalfe announced with Boys and Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson that they will work to stuff a BratFest semi truck to send to Oklahoma Saturday morning.

This isn't the first disaster response for Johnson. Two years ago on Memorial Day weekend he partnered with Metcalfe's to send 60 volunteers and three semi trucks of goods to Joplin, Mo.

"The first day we saw nobody down there," said Johnson. "We were probably one of a couple organizations that was in that community in neighborhoods removing trees from people's yards. I don't know what to expect (in Oklahoma.) The executive director of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club told me this morning,'We need you. We need your help.'"

Johnson's group and the local chapter of the Red Cross are both preparing to help and say others should follow their lead.

"What I would encourage people right now is to kind of take a breath and take a look at what the situation is on the ground, thats what we're doing at the Red Cross right now," said Tom Mooney, Regional CEO fo the Western Region of the American Red Cross. "Certainly a financial donation is probably the best thing you can do."

You can make those donations at Metcalfe's registers, or even with your cellphone, to help local volunteers make a difference in Oklahoma.

"I think people felt fulfilled," Johnson said of the Joplin experience. "We went down there and we accomplished a lot because this community stepped up with food, medical supplies and the United Way got us the gas to go down there. I think we'll do the same thing this time around."

Johnson now says they need blankets, gloves, Gatorade and water to fill their truck.

Items needed for Oklahoma City donations:
1. Baby wipes
2. Diapers
3. Snacks for volunteers
4. Heavy duty trash bags
5. Work gloves
6. Bottled water
7. Gatorade
8. Volunteers to assist in warehouse
9. checks made out to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club c/o relief efforts

Items can be dropped off at the Brat Truck Metcalfe’s Market at Hilldale. Please do not send teddy bears and clothes.

Contact Jacquesha McFarlane at Boys and Girls Club about volunteering to help fill and organize the semi or to go to Oklahoma Saturday.

Donations to the Red Cross can be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, texting REDCROSS to 90999, or visiting their website.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or texting "STORM" to 80888 to automatically donating $10.

Donations can also be made online to these organization:

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