CHARLES CITY, IA – While we’re seeing some severe weather today, it’s nothing compared to what folks in Moore, Oklahoma are dealing with, after a tornado ripped through their small town.
One north Iowa woman just returned from a trip to Moore where she lent a helping hand to families there.
When Melinda King found out about the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma she wanted to donate more than just money, so she donated her time.
“I wanted to do something for them that wasn’t just impersonal as sending a check, I wanted to go and talk to people and see what they needed and be that person for them,” says Melinda.
Melinda and three other volunteers traveled to Oklahoma last Friday with the goal of doing just that.
They met up with Operation Blessing, a volunteer group that was on scene, and saw first hand the devastation the EF5 tornado caused. In the middle of all the rubble there were simple tasks that went a long way.
“At the house that was flattened there were toys and the family had asked that we try and save as many of the toys as possible so, one of the guys in our group sat down and sorted through the debris to find Legos,” she explains.
And to those families, their help meant a lot.
“She was so thankful and emotional; she had to take 4 or 5 breaks just to get her emotions together,” says Melinda.
She says that the experience was one she will never forget and that while it was hard, she was glad she could do something to help the people of Moore.
Melinda returned to Iowa just last night. She says there is still a lot of work to be done and encourages anyone who is able, to help with cleanup efforts in Moore.