“The people there,” Walsman said, “they’ve just been devastated by this. It’s still an absolute mess there. They need pretty-much everything.”
Making matters worse, according to information she’s read and received many residents in the area were underinsured, meaning there are huge financial losses involved, too.
“They’re really still just in the clean-up phase,” Walsman added. “I’m sure we’ll be doing lots of debris cleanup. I’m sure we’ll be helping with minor repairs and sorting, too. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up helping with roofing work.”
Walsman said the trip is important not only because of the need, but also because a storm like the ones that hit Oklahoma could happen here.
“I look at all the damage and devastation out there,” she said, “and I think, ‘what if that happened here? What if it was us?’ Imagine if our town was the one that got leveled – it could happen – and what if we couldn’t fix it ourselves? Wouldn’t we want others around the country to come help us pick up the pieces and put our lives back together?”
Walsman provided the Daily News with a prospective list of items with which they’re hoping to fill their semi-truck (which has been donated by Crum Trucking).
The list includes: Brooms, cleaning supplies, Visine, contact lens solution, insect spray, Febreeze, manual can openers, tape guns, tools, hammers, nails, peroxide, band aids, gauze, rubbing alcohol, over the counter meds, baby food and formula, bottles, diapers, wash cloths, work boots and gloves, protective eyewear, packing and storage boxes and tape, shovels, duct tape, rakes, wheel barrows, new socks and underwear, plastic totes flash lights, batteries, dust masks, hand sanitizer, sun screen, pre-packaged snacks and ice chests.