May 3 Tornado Victim Using Social Networking To Pay It Forward
By Colleen Chen, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Through Twitter and Facebook, an Oklahoman is gathering support for this week's tornado victims.
The project is being called the Oklahoma Donation Tweet-Up. The goal is to collect clothes, furniture, and other household items to donate to the state's latest storm victims.
Carrie Corbin, who is spearheading the project, survived one of the May 3, 1999 tornadoes. She said she lost everything in the storm, but was able to recover due to the generosity of Oklahomans.
"I am taking this opportunity as a time to give back hopefully in a big way and help those who are unfortunately in the same situation I was over 10 years ago," Corbin said.
Over 100 volunteers signed up for the Tweet-Up and were put to work sorting through donations.
"That's the power of social media which wasn't available when this happened to me. It's a good tool to use. I'm overwhelmed by the response. Within 24 hours of my first tweet about the event, we had a location and food vendor donated," Corbin said.
While furniture and clothing are appreciated, Corbin said it's important not to forget victims need other items like toiletries and kitchenware.
Corbin helped organize the event with her friend Lori Ford.
"It was supposed to be just a small group of friends, and it grew into this huge event. It's amazing," Ford said.
The temporary donation center is located at the former Mel's Towing at 25 NW 9th Street. Donations, volunteers, and storm victims are all welcome.
Hours this weekend are:
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Donations can also be dropped off at Oklahoma Employees Credit Union locations in the metro.