Fire department collecting shoeboxes of toiletries to aid Moore, Okla., tornado victims

May 24, 2013 

— Homeless victims of the massive Moore, Okla., tornado could get some much needed relief from Columbia in the form of toiletries if an idea proposed by a Columbia firefighter takes off.

The department has set up collection sites to accept toiletries packed in shoeboxes, as well as cases of water, to ship to the tornado-ravaged town.

“This project was proposed to me by one of my firefighters and is a way for Columbia Fire Department and the community we serve to join together to assist those that have been affected by this devastating tornado,” chief Aubrey Jenkins said.

Collections sites are:

• Station 1 at 1800 Laurel Street

• Station 16 at 131 Lake Murray Blvd.

• Station 24 at 130 Sparkleberry Lane and

• Station 30 at 8100 Burdell Drive

Here are items suggested for each shoebox (or similar sized box):

• regular-size bottle shampoo (or several hotel/travel size)

• can shaving cream*

• tube toothpaste

• adult toothbrush

• month supply woman’s sanitary products*

• deodorant*

• large bar soap (individually wrapped or in bag)

• comb or hair brush

• individual adhesive bandage

• disposable razors

• body lotion (or several travel size)

• pocket-size packet of tissue

*Vary items accordingly for a woman’s or a man’s kit. If you want to make a “family” kit, include two adult and two child toothbrushes.

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