Leetonia church organizing relief effort for victims of Oklahoma tornadoes

LEETONIA – A truck and trailer will be leaving for Oklahoma Tuesday filled with local donations for the victims of deadly tornadoes that hit last month and will also aid the people helping them.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Leetonia and the Rev. Kari Lankford are heading the project.

The group is collecting cleaning supplies such as soap, mops, buckets and disinfectants, as well as diapers, laundry detergent, bottled water, and medical kits and supplies. No food or clothing is needed.

Donations can be made Saturday at two locations: in the Columbiana Sparkle lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Salem Walmart from 4-7 p.m.

They can also be made from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church in Leetonia.

The truck and trailer were donated by Bill Thorne of Thorne Management in Salem and will be driven by Glen Windram who is overseeing the collection. Windram’s grandson, Elijah McCallum, 15, is riding along.

The church did a similar donation drive two years ago for the victims of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., tornado.