OSHKOSH - Some high school students here in our area are hoping their effort will help the tornado survivors.
The idea is that a church in the Moore area will eventually be able to distribute what has been collected.
A 53-foot semi trailer will soon be headed to an area of Oklahoma that until two days ago would have never thought it would need help from around the country.
"To go without the things that you rely on everyday, the roof over your head, the place to sleep and where are your siblings or your pet. I think it brings it pretty close to home," said Tina Rennebbohm, Oshkosh West High School agriculture teacher.
The relief drive was organized by a woman who lived through the Oakfield tornado in 1996. Rochelle Kuphal says she knows exactly what the victims need. So she made some phone calls and the relief drive was underway.
"The thing that people need is not necessarily the money as much as emergency needs like tarps, work gloves, chainsaws. We're collecting sanitary products, hair care, things that are urgent," said Kuphal.
But thanks in part to the cold and the rain, only a handful of donations had been dropped of as of noon Wednesday. But students say the conditions are a small price to pay to help the victims of Monday's deadly tornado in Oklahoma.
"Oh yeah, this is nothing compared to what they went through," said Oshkosh West student Michael Botratz.
"It's very important, it's just such a great cause and it makes us feel good," said fellow student Shana Bagel.
The donation drive runs through Friday. And while each donation will make a world of difference to those in need, Kuphal knows this is only the beginning of a long road to recovery.
"It's not over, it's going to take them months, years to rebuild."
One box at a time.
The trailer donated by TTI in Eden will be picked up Tuesday and be on its way to Oklahoma.
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