Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 23, 2013

PV rallies around tornado victims

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — As Oklahoma begins to pick up the pieces and seek a way to cope with the tragedy experienced by a devastating tornado Monday in cities like Moore, there is once again a ray of hope emerging from individuals who are rallying around those in the storm’s path.

Joining a list of community volunteers ready to lend a hand in recovery efforts no less than nationwide are examples like Main Street Pauls Valley, who almost immediately set in motion to collect necessities for everyone from victims of the disaster to those working on cleanup.

Leading the charge is Main Street Director Samantha Robb, using this as a perfect chance to show how much everyone benefits no matter how tragic something like this is and until further notice has set up a resource site through their office at 220 West Paul in downtown PV.

“We’re not just this little town, it’s kind of a bigger picture today,” said Robb, who rode out the local tornado warning time with a couple of other local residents and with their help came up with a plan to help afterward.

The wide range of items currently requested by those in Moore include staples like bottled water, sports drinks along the lines of Gatorade, non-perishable foods, snacks, trash bags, camp toilets as well as showers, sanitizing gels/wipes, first aid supplies and tools from shovels to gloves.

Along with those supplies Robb said she can find something for anyone to do like a few who came in Tuesday to do chores like setting up an area to collect items or answer the phone.

“We’re taking donations as long as we need to,” said Robb, adding how she will eventually need assistance taking said items to regional drop off locations like Home Depot in Norman.

“We can always find something for folks to do, whether it is putting up posters or coordinating efforts.”

Also collecting similar items with a goal to take a trailer-full up north is Trinity Baptist Church at 221 North Chickasaw, led by Pastor Dwayne Johnson, whose congregation has their own connection to the area impacted through families or friends there.

They are encouraging people who want to make any financial donations to visit the Southern Baptist Convention website, which has a disaster relief fund already set up via

“It was knowing that there are people who need help,” said Johnson. “We feel like we just want to help our fellow Oklahomans in need.”

Those with the Pauls Valley FFA chapter hope to carry supplies as well to places like Newcastle, organized by 8th grade member Macee McMahan and her mom Sue.

After they were asked by those they knew working on the disaster sites like National Guardsmen, they will be accepting whatever people can drop off be it at their agriculture classroom or the office at Pauls Valley High School.

“Since the weather kind of spared us we figured we’d do whatever we could to help… Just trying to get it out there the students want to get up there and help if they can,” said FFA teacher Scott Stephens.

“Anything that people think would be useful we’re going to try to get it distributed.”

Local musician Dylan Black is using the launch of his new CD to raise as much funds as possible with the goal to use every penny earned over the next month to donate to causes like the American Red Cross.

Options to purchase the $10 CD includes going online to his Website, buying one in person and at a concert this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the PV Arts and Cultural Center at the corner of Walnut and Paul streets.

“I can do something with some money, but I don’t really need it,” said Black. “But they do.”

For more information or questions for Main Street they can be contacted at 405-238-2555 or by going to their Facebook page or Website at

People can also drop off items like bottled water or food supplies for donation at How Sweet It is Restaurant and Bakery, located at 420 East Grant.