Locals Come Out to ABC 13 Studios to Donate Supplies for Tornado Victims

ABC 13 is working with Gleaning for the World taking donations at our Lynchburg and Danville studios Friday.

Even before Friday's collection started, many people were already showing up handing off supplies to our ABC 13 news crew always in good spirits.

"All the pretty girls that are supposed to be out here, and I run in to you," said a donor.

Len--"Sorry to disappoint."

Staff from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority brought over a whole bunch of water - 50 cases in all. The Oklahoma tornado touched them.

"Total devastation. And my heart goes out to every one of them. And my staff too, we talk about it just about every day," said Karen Craig.

As bottled water, personal care items and cash rolled in, Gleaning for the World pitched in to load up the truck.

"I think we've had a tremendous overflow of response and it's just been fantastic," said Reverend Ron Davidson.

Davidson is the president of Gleaning for the World. He says his people have seen firsthand how the mission has evolved in Oklahoma, from a search and rescue, to shelter and now clean-up and longer-term needs.

But, cleaning up buildings is one thing - getting their minds right again is a whole other, says Rev. Ron.

-"Right now they are still in the trauma mode. They are still just trying to make it, so the prayers, our financial support so that we can continue to get supplies to them is what we need the most," said Davidson.

Central Virginia's support has been terrific. Many have done their part for Oklahoma.

ABC 13 will have the two drop off sites open until 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Danville studio at the corner of N. Ridge and Monroe Streets and the Lynchburg studio is on 2023 Langhorne Road.