Nurses plan to collect, deliver donations for tornado victims

Nurses plan to collect, deliver donations for tornado victims

DANVILLE — Four Danville nurses are collecting donations for the tornado victims in Oklahoma and plan to deliver them next week.

Darci Dreher, the nursing supervisor at Whitestar Home Health Agency in Danville, knew some other people traveling to Oklahoma on Tuesday to help with the relief effort. But with her own family and her work schedule, Dreher couldn't go immediately but still wanted to help.

So she and her co-workers at Home Health decided to organize a donation drive and travel to Oklahoma at the end of next week to deliver the donations and help for a couple days with the relief effort in Moore, Okla., where a Monday tornado devastated the Oklahoma City suburb.

The nurses distributed fliers about their donation drive to Danville businesses Tuesday and within a half hour, they had people showing up to the Whitestar Home Health office at 108 N. Vermilion St. and dropping off items.

Patience Keller, a certified nursing assistant at Whitestar, said they are not accepting monetary donations, but non-perishable items instead, including clothing, hygiene products and first aid medical supplies, like Band-Aides and Q-tips.

Dreher and Keller will be joined by Betsy Marvin, a certified nursing assistant, and Hilleary Rudolph, a registered nurse.

The foursome plan to leave the night of May 31, arrive in Oklahoma the next morning, deliver the donations and help as much as they can through June 2 before heading back to Danville. Keller said they hope to help in their capacity as nurses but will do whatever is needed.

Keller, Marvin and Rudolph said Dreher's compassion rubs off on them, so once she decided to do this, they naturally wanted to help, too.

Marvin said all four of them have children and watching the devastation on television, it's difficult to imagine what the parents, whose children are victims, are going through.

Anyone interested in donating items toward their efforts can either call the Whitestar office at 442-0605 or bring the donations to the office at 108 N. Vermilion St. in Danville. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The nurses said if they get a large amount of donations, they may need someone to donate the use of a delivery truck to get the items to Oklahoma.

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