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Supplies being accepted in Petersburg for Oklahoma relief

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

While Central Virginians clean up from storms, many in Petersburg are taking the time to think about those already hit hard in Oklahoma.

A huge food and supply drive is underway in Petersburg to ship essentials to survivors of the Moore, Okla. tornados.

Employees at Hillcrest Transportation in Petersburg came up with the idea to help the storm survivors.

"I said ‘Okay, what can we do?'" explained CEO John Edmunds. "I said ‘we can furnish a truck and trailer.'"

Now, the transportation workers are collecting food and toiletries with the help of area businesses and emergency officials.

"Dog food, dog collars, toothbrushes, deodorant... pretty much all the essentials... rakes, shovels," Edmunds explained.

Anything that will aid, they're willing to ship and they're not the only ones with a heart to help.

"It looked like a storm," Walnut Hill kindergarten student Jhalae Evans said describing the aftermath.

She saw the devastation and decided to pen a few words on paper.

"I write, ‘I hope you get better soon,'" she said.

"It was the cutest card I've ever seen and she just came up with this so suddenly so it inspired me to get all the kids to do it," said Evans' teacher Zoe Elston.

The whole class followed suit sending dozens of cards to their peers in Oklahoma.

"Heartfelt sorrow for the people who have lost their loved ones, the animals. No way to put it in words to say that you sympathize with them," Edmunds added.

You don't have to be an adult to show a little concern.

"We love you Oklahoma!" Evans' classmates said in unison.

The Hillcrest tractor-trailer will pull off Saturday morning headed to Oklahoma. Employees say if you have anything you'd like to donate, just call (804) 861-1100.

The company is working with a service agency in Oklahoma to distribute the donations.

Next Wednesday, the concert at Innsbrook Afterhours is being organized to raise funds for storm survivors. It starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate.

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