Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Tenisha Hess of Tooele is originally from Oklahoma and is driving back there in a week to visit family — and to deliver donated supplies to aid tornado victims. On Saturday, the trailer behind her will be parked at Big 5 Sporting Goods where citizens can drop off donated items.

May 23, 2013
Tooele resident collecting donations to help families devastated by Oklahoma tornado

A Tooele City resident who grew up in Oklahoma is seeking donations that she will tow back to Oklahoma in a trailer to help families devastated by Monday’s tragic tornado.

Tenisha Hess, of Overlake, grew up in Hulbert, Okla. 30 minutes outside of the area where Monday afternoon a massive tornado touched down and cut a patch over a mile wide.

It reportedly destroyed 13,000 homes, sending countless cars airborne, and demolished occupied schools. There were 24 fatalities.

“I wanted to do something to help and I know others in Tooele that want to do something to help,” said Hess.

She decided to load her ATV trailer with supplies that rescue workers in Oklahoma have been requesting.

Hess will park her trailer in front of the Big 5 store on Tooele City’s Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday. She will also accept donations by drop off at her home at 296 Drysdale Way through May 28, or until the trailer is full.

Items that have been requested for donation include: leather gloves, shovels, rakes, thermoses, batteries, flashlights, coffee pots, antibiotic cream, Band-Aids, first aid kits, soap, body wash, bottled hand soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, feminine products, shampoo, cream rinse, shaving cream and razors.

Additional items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath towels, washcloths, baby formula, baby food, baby diapers, baby blankets, bottles, toilet paper, Styrofoam cups, bleach, mops, brooms, buckets, laundry detergent, plastic cups and cutlery, paper goods plates and bowls, napkins, paper towels, disposable gloves, trash bags, cat and dog food, plastic containers, blankets, gift cards, bottled water, and non-perishable food items.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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