Ada business reaches out to wildfire victims

ADA, OK - A resale store in Ada is hoping to help the Oklahomans who have lost their homes in the wildfires.

The Wise Owl Resale & More shop on Main street has been open for nearly five years and the store's owner Vicki Wren said she is always looking for ways to help others.

"We have all this stuff here and it all needs to go somewhere," Wren said.

Wren is now offering victims of the recent Oklahoma wildfires to come shop at her store but instead of money, all Wren asks for in exchange for her merchandise is a referral from the American Red Cross.

"We have always done it, but the wildfires have really touched my heart," Wren said.

Cleveland County has been hit hard by the wildfires.

Over the weekend, emergency officials in Norman and Slaughterville reached out to their neighbors in Pontotoc County for help.

"We deployed on Friday," Pontotoc County Emergency Manager Chad Letellier said. "We deployed six different departments and six brush trucks and on Saturday we deployed seven departments."

Wren said although she is a Pontotoc County resident, for her the wildfire hits close to home.

She said her friend and neighbor is a Byng volunteer firefighter.

"He told me about everybody just left and just left them there fighting the fires," Wren said.

"Our group did specifically save some homes and put out some fires and that's what its all about," Letellier said.

The Wise Owl is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday
and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wren said they are still accepting donations, but she would really like victims to take advantage of the free items.

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