Local businesses collect donations for Oklahoma tornado victims

Local businesses collect donations for Oklahoma tornado victims

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Some business owners in Volusia County are teaming up to organize relief for tornado victims in Oklahoma.

Orange City business owner Bruce Palmer grew up in Del City, Oklahoma, nearly six miles north of Moore, needless to say the devastation there hits close to home.

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"It's really hard to handle and you just feel so helpless, and you want to do whatever you can to try and help where ever you can," Palmer said.

Palmer has already collected boxes of donations and supplies at Volusia Elite All-Star Cheer and Dance, which he and his wife run, now they're now teaming up with Debbie's Health Foods in Orange City to collect even more -- clothes, toiletries, and other supplies that could help the victims in Oklahoma – victims who are now homeless and starting over after a deadly tornado virtually uprooted their entire livelihood.
"We wanted to try and do what we could to bring in supplies and things that are really hard to come by for them, said Palmer.
"These people need everything," said Debbie Cerankowski, of Debbie's Health Foods.
On Friday, Palmer's nephew will drive the donations straight to Oklahoma in a trailer, until then they're asking the public to donate as much as possible to those who need it most.
"Drop off anything that they can, toilet paper, paper towel. Gloves so that they can go out and work," Cerankowski said.
Donations can be dropped off at Volusia Elite All-Star Cheer and Dance at 1083 Diplomat Dr. in Orange City or Debbie's Health Foods at 862 Saxon Blvd. in Orange City.

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