Group From Sandy Hook Comes To Help Moore Tornado Victims


Sunday, June 23rd 2013, 11:06 pm
By: News 9


More than a month after a deadly Ef-5 tornado hit the city of Moore, support is continuing to pour in from across the country. And on Sunday night, a group came all the way from Sandy Hook, Conn. to deliver donations.

Two days and 1,500 miles later, a group of three men from Sandy Hook made a stop in Moore to Central Church of Christ. They came with a trailer stocked full of donations for tornado victims.

"In December we had a tragedy of our own and we saw the outpouring of support for our community and we wanted to pay it forward," said John Dicostanzo, who drove from Sandy Hook.

The men own their own business and had time to travel. So they asked residents of Sandy Hook to donate. And they received so much, that this is their second trip to Moore since a deadly tornado swept through the city.

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The donations will be stored in the church's disaster relief center, and dozens of church volunteers helped the Sandy Hook group unload.

"We have had so much poured out to us from all over the U.S. that has been such a blessing to the Moore community," said Tommy Haynes, minister, Central Church of Christ. "And for Sandy Hook to come and to do this is really touching and a powerful message that to about how out of pain, great things come."

And this isn't all for the Sandy Hook group, they plan to make another trip with donations to Moore.

"I think it helps with the healing process for the people who have been affected by tragedy," Dicostanzo said. "You know like when something bad happens, hopefully, from that you get an idea in your head that you can help others to deal with tragedy as well."

In addition to the loads of donations here, the Sandy Hook group also dropped off band instruments for Highland East Junior High. They plan to head back to Connecticut Monday morning.

The disaster relief center at Central Church of Christ, where the Sandy Hook donations just went, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any storm victims.