Volunteers travel from Chicago to help tornado survivors


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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 5/28/2013 12:49 am Published: 5/28/2013 12:47 am


Sunday, four strangers from Chicago headed west on I- 44 toward Oklahoma. Just outside of St. Louis they ran into trouble. A tire on the trailer they dragged gave out. Inside the trailer they had donations for tornado survivors: wall to wall, floor to ceiling.

"Bottled water, tea, diapers, lots of diapers,” said Christina Diamond.

Diamond saw the destruction on TV, and knew she had to do something.

“I don't care if I have to hand one bottle of water to one mother, it’s worth it,” said Diamond.

She met her travel buddies right before they hit the road. They linked up through Facebook. Chicago firefighter, Sean Ragusa got the flat fixed, but said the ride into Oklahoma was bumpy and windy, and again, his tires weren't dependable.

"Nothing was going to stop us from reaching our destination,” said Ragusa.

Once they pulled into Oklahoma, they knew they couldn't make it all the way to Moore. Sean, called FOX23 for help and our crews hooked him up with these folks from guts church.

They've been making round trips to tornado ravaged neighborhoods.

"Just because we don't know you doesn’t mean we don't care,” said Diamond.

Guts Church said they'll be making another drop off in Moore on Tuesday. The church is accepting donations at the church, Tuesday through Thursday, from eight until three in the afternoon. The church is at 9120, East Broken Arrow Expressway.

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