Whether it’s a few pennies from a piggy bank, a generous check, or any amount in between, all Newtown municipal departments are currently set up to collect donations that will be included in a series of ongoing donations to tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma.
Town Human Resources Director Carole Ross is heading up the initiative, and hopes to collect enough to make an initial donation to the municipality by early next week. Currently, the town is only accepting monetary donations.
“We have to do something,” she told The Newtown Bee Tuesday, just hours after the full affect of the mile-wide storm became evident.
Newtown Finance Director Robert Tait asks anyone making a donation by check to make that check payable to the City of Moore, Oklahoma.
According to the latest Associated Press report, by noon on Tuesday, May 21, at least 24 people were reported killed, including at least nine children. And those numbers were expected to climb.
The community of 56,000 people, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, sent more than 200 people to be treated at area hospitals.
Other search and rescue teams focused their efforts at Plaza Towers Elementary School, where the storm ripped off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal as students and teachers huddled in hallways and bathrooms.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said she watched up close late Monday as rescuers tried to find people in the wreckage of the school.
“It was an incredible sight to see how big the debris field was and how much destruction there was,” Ms Fallin said.
Anyone with questions can call the First Selectman’s office, 203-270-4201.