Local family going the 'distance' for shooting victims


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Updated: 12/19/2012 10:20 am Published: 12/18/2012 11:11 pm


A local family is going the distance to help the victim’s families in Newton, Connecticut.

Jeff and Jeannette Wright are organizing a drive to help the victims and collecting cards, artificial flowers and balloons to take to Connecticut over the weekend.

The First Baptist Church trailer in Dewar in Okmulgee County is empty tonight but it will be filled by midday Thursday with gifts.

The faces are teachers such as Vicki Soto and first grade students, such as Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto.

"The children, the heartbreak. A child to really be able begin life and to lose it so soon. It's just a sad emotional thing," said Jeff Wright.

He said Friday night after watching the news coverage on the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 first graders, six teachers and administrators and a mother he didn’t sleep well.

"It was up an on my mind Friday night and I woke up Saturday morning and God was on my heart,” said Wright.

So he and his wife went to their pastor with an idea on doing more than praying.

"This is the least gift I can give personally. I am so proud of the church and the community,” said Wright.

The empty boxes in the church will be filled with gifts and bibles.

"They are sending balloons and artificial flowers," said Wright.

Also more than a thousand students in Okmulgee County are sending their love too.

"There will be a note from little first graders that say I love you. That will be more important than a phone call,” said Pastor Jack Vance.

The pastor of First Baptist Church in Dewar said he lost a child in a hunting accident felt the power of a child’s words in letters.

"It won't be spelled right and it won't be worded right, but the end result there are some folks in Oklahoma that are reaching out you to today and we want you to know that we care about you and you are in our prayers," said Vance.

First Baptist is known to deploy members in disasters and they are known for going the distance.  

"There is nothing that will take away the tragedy but we can tell you that we love you and God loves you," said Vance.

The messages and gifts will be collected at the two donation sites and letters from schools will be collected and from the church Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Wright family plans to leave for Connecticut on Thursday afternoon making stops at churches in Pelham, North Carolina and Virginia.

"We think its' a good gesture for Oklahoma to say we love you and we are with you and we are with you," said Wright.

The Wrights plan to attend church in Brookfield, Connecticut on Sunday and present the presents and cards to the victim’s families on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Donation sites are located at Morris State Bank located at 800 W. Ozark Morris, OK 7445. Also at First Baptist Church in Dewar located at 507 W. 6th St. in Dewar, OK, 74431. You can drop off donations between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday.

You can also make a monetary donation through a check. Make it payable to Gospel Light Baptist Church. In the Memo write “Sandy Hook School”.

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seeme - 12/20/2012 7:58 PM
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God sends Angels on our earth from his love. This is the best I’ve ever known. God Bless the Wright family and watch over them. Thank you Lord. Amen...
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