Grayson Co. volunteers honored for Moore tornado relief efforts

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Five local Salvation Army volunteers were honored Wednesday for their efforts to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes last month.

The men spent two weeks in Moore and El Reno after the deadly twisters hit, and just returned to Grayson County.

These Grayson County men are part of the Salvation Army's Disaster Relief team. Just a few days ago they returned from Moore, Oklahoma, where they spent two weeks feeding victims of the deadly May 20th tornado that devastated the city.

"These are the men that were serving meals as well as drinks and snacks. And they were working 12, 13, 14 hours a day for those two weeks with no days off," Major Don Wildish said.

Now the team is being recognized for their efforts by the Oklahoma Salvation Army Division Commander.

"The first day we were there, we served 1,004 meals out of our canteen. And that was three of us inside and one outside," Ricky Price said.

Disaster Coordinator Ricky Price says for the rest of their visit they handed out about 750 meals each day.

"It's hard work, but I tell you it's worth it. Because you see people who are in need and that's what we're here for is to serve those who need," Price said.

Volunteer Scott Day says the experience is something he'll never forget.

"An older man saw us and came shuffliing out to the road and fell to his knees. And he said 'oh, thank you God for sending these men, the Salvation Army. I haven't eaten in three days. Thank you Lord.' And it, we were just stunned. We just stood there. We shoved everything we could at that poor man," Day said.

"It's going to take a long time for Moore, Oklahoma to rebuild. And in that process, I'm glad the Salvation Army had a part in their recovery process," Wildish said.

"I would do it in a heartbeat again," Day said.


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