People help special victims in Oklahoma

Published 05/27 2013 05:31PM

Updated 05/28 2013 10:05AM

CLINTON -- People in Moore, OK, are still cleaning up after last week's devastating tornado. It killed more than 20 people and injured hundreds, but the victims are more than just people. Monday, people in Central Illinois stepped up to help their four-legged friends. 

DeWitt County 4-H members and the Riding Club have a trailer set up at the DeWitt County 4-H Fairgrounds waiting for donations. So far, they say people have been more than generous. 

"Oh my gosh, this is terrible and then you start thinking, 'well is there anyway at all I can help do something,'" said Lacey Wickenhauser. She is president of 4-H in DeWitt County.  

It's been one week since the tornado hit the small community of Moore.

"We just want to show that we care," said Wickenhauser. 

So she and her other 4-H members joined forces with the DeWitt Riding Club. Their first thought was the animals. 

"Everybody standing with me today has animals they would want taken care of," said Wickenhauser. 

"We just need a lot of donations. There's a lot of animals in dire need," said Brenna Allen. She's vice president of 4-H. 

Last week's tornado killed more than 100 horses and injured dozens more. 

"The income from the American Red Cross can go to the people. We're just kind of off setting the cost of helping with the other animals," said Paula Irvin. She's the leader of the 4-H club. 

They're asking for donations like horse halters, bales of hay, food and medical supplies. 

"It's been awesome because like I said, we're in a small community but people are coming from everywhere to help us," said Wickenhauser. 

"It's not just the people from right here in DeWitt County. We have a lady from East Peoria donating 50 bales of hay. I'm also working with a bunch from around Vandalia and they have got a collection going with hay," said Irvin.    

That's on top of 120 bales already donated. 

"Moore, Oklahoma's a small community. I mean, it's nice having small communities help together. I'm glad I can be a part of that and help out a lot," said Wickenhauser. 

"Donate, as much as possible," said Allen. 

If you don't have any animal supplies to donate, they're also asking for money. You have until Wednesday to donate.  

You can drop supplies off at the DeWitt County 4-H Fairgrounds or call Paula at (217) 871 - 9124.

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