Organizers report successful drive to help animals affected by Oklahoma tornado

Organizers report successful drive to help animals affected by Oklahoma tornado

URBANA — Organizers of a drive to help animals affected by the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma report an overwhelming response from the public.

“Due to the overwhelming response to the drive, more items were collected than could fit on the trucks,” said Dr. Karie Vander Werf, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine who helped organize the drive.

Vander Werf said Vet Med students and doctors spent three hours on Thursday afternoon organizing donations and loading a two-horse stock trailer, a pickup truck and a Ford Escape.

Vander Werf said they still didn’t have enough room to take all the donations to Danville, where some nurses from Danville’s Whitestar Home Health Agency have been collecting supplies headed for Oklahoma.

Vander Werf said that two semis are taking the donated items to Oklahoma, with a second trip planned for next week.

“So the Vet Med drive will also continue, with all donations through next week going with the second trip by the Danville nurses,” Vander Werf said. “We will continue to collect items for animals and animal owners affected by the tornado.”

Vander Werf said she expected the two semis loaded with supplies to arrive in Oklahoma on Saturday morning.

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