OLATHE, Kan. — A group from Olathe is lending a helping hand. They’re collecting items to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornado.
It’s only one truck, but the organizers of Olathe Loves Oklahoma believe it can make a huge difference. LeEtta Felter and her family operate Midwest Truck Sales. They’re the owners of this truck, and they’re hopeful to send it to the Oklahoma City suburbs filled with donations.
It all begins in the family’s Olathe driveway. Felter and her family are doing this on their own, calling for help via social media, and people are starting to respond.
“We always teach our kids to make a difference in the world — to do what you can with what you have now,” LeEtta Felter said. “Don’t wait for someone else to do it.”
The Felters lived in Oklahoma for seven years, and they’re in contact with friends in the storm-ravaged area. LeEtta says the requests they’re getting are specific — bottled water, blankets, and basic hygiene-related items — all for people who have lost their homes.
“It’s not much, but hopefully, it will add some comfort to those who are heartbroken right now,” Felter said.
“We feel for those families out there and all that they’ve lost,” Shelley Lancaster said, as she delivered donations. “Our heart goes out to them. We want to do what we can to help out.”
The Felters’ daughter, Abby, will make the move to Oklahoma for school in August, making her the fifth generation of her family to attend college in the OKC area.
“They seem like a really strong community with the support of everyone else in the nation,” Abby Felter said. “They’ll bounce back. I’m excited to be part of that.”
There’s still time to help too. LeEtta Felter says she doesn’t plan to deliver the truck to Oklahoma before Thursday. They’ll collect donations Wednesday from 7 a.m to 9 p.m. at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe.
The Olathe Loves Oklahoma group plans to distribute the donations through an Oklahoma-based church.