Tragedy In Oklahoma Unites Permian Basin In Giving 5/21/13
CBS 7 News
May 21, 2013
News of the tragedy in Oklahoma is tugging at heartstrings here in Odessa AND Midland.
Many residents of the Permian Basin want to help by donating to the red cross or organizing donations to be sent to Oklahoma.
It’s just one day after the tragedy in Oklahoma, but the Permian Basin is already coming together to help.
Like all Americans, West Texans looked on in horror as images of the destruction in Oklahoma flashed across the TV.
"It's total devestation,” said Linda Hall of Odessa. “I can't imagine parents not being able to get to their kids in school..to know they are not with them."
Now the basin is banding together, local businesses are taking in donations. One Odessa with family in Oklahoma has pledged to drive those donations himself.
"It's just that human spirit wanting to help your fellow American," said Jeremy Perry, a veteran who is helping take supplies to Oklahoma.
A sentiment felt deeply at Dumplins Home Cookin in Odessa--where people were glued to the coverage--and pledging to help.
"We have a heart the size of Texas,” Hall said. “And we know it could be us at any given moment and we hope they would step up as well."
Jeremy Perry's drive kicks off tomorrow at Aladdin’s castle in Odessa. You can contact him directly for more information at 432-528-0810.
You can also drop off donations of items at Occasions Jewelry in Midland on Loop 250. Right here at the Music City Mall we are accepting monetary donations with the Red Cross as well as at the Rock Hounds Stadium in Midland.