TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (KXAN) - Among the hundreds who lost their homes when the deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., on Monday were troops and civilians who work at nearby Tinker Air Force Base.
"Right now, we have many Tinker members impacted by the storm who need help, and many, many teammates who want to volunteer to help them," said Air Force Col. Bleymair, the Tinker installation commander. "We would like to help marry those two communities up."
Where to send donations:
- Tinker Family Readiness Fund
- 6001 Arnold Ave.
- Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. 73145
At the installation that houses the 72nd Air Base Wing and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, crews have set up the Airman and Family Readiness Center to help those victims.
About 140 homes belonging to Tinker families were destroyed. Hundreds more were damaged.
By the close of business Wednesday, base officials said they expect to field more than 1,000 calls from people wanting to donate. The base's food bank and clothing drop-off areas are filling up, but they still need more items and more volunteers.
There are also legal, financial and housing services - including an adopt-a-family program.
"Amazingly, several of the people pitching in here at the center are people who lost their homes or can't go back right now," said Rickie Smith, who is helping coordinate the aid effort.
"We have individuals who were affected that have no water, no electricity still volunteering to assist those who are worse off than they are. So it just speaks to the spirit of the civilian, as well as our airmen on the installation."
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