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Locals pitching in to help Oklahoma tornado victims

Posted at 11:35 PM, May 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-21 23:40:40-04

How can we help? That’s something you heard a lot of Central Virginians asking today after watching an EF-5 tornado rip through the suburbs of Oklahoma City.

Some locals wasted no time springing into action.

Four Seasons restaurant owner Jim Vlasidis says he wants to help.  His Powhatan restaurant is putting out a fundraising jar to help some locals with their supply drive.

"If every county does something like this, you know, Goochland and Hanover and Chesterfield, it adds up and it can help out a community," said Vlasidis.

A horse trailer sits empty at Elam Animal Hospital off Route 60 in Powhatan but come Wednesday morning, volunteers hope to pack it with essentials.

"We’re asking for water, Gatorade, diapers, canned foods, but no clothes because there’s nowhere to store it."

Regina Reams-Prigg and a few friends from the Wounded Warrior Project will head to Oklahoma Thursday, hoping to haul a few horse trailers filled with compassion from the Commonwealth.

"Pay it forward, you know, because I know if we were hit by something like this, those people wouldn't hesitate to help us," Reams-Prigg said.

The horse trailer is parked at Elam Animal Hospital.  That's at 1403 Anderson Highway, on the eastbound side near the Powhatan-Chesterfield County line.

Contact number: (804) 794-4105