A Springettsbury Township woman and two fire departments are collecting items that will be shipped to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma.

Jennifer Runkle is collecting everything from pet supplies to non-perishable food at Union Fire Co. in Manchester and Eagle Fire Co. in Mount Wolf.

"We're hoping to send as much as we can," she said Tuesday.

The drive started Monday as firefighters collected items at a shopping center along North George Street in East Manchester Township, said Wayne Bush, medical captain with Eagle Fire Co.

Enough items were donated to fill a large cargo van, but now Runkle and the firefighters have their eyes set on filling a 53-foot trailer.

The trailer was donated by A&S Kinard in West Manchester Township, Runkle said.

Fill¥'er up: Moore, Okla., was devastated by a top-of-the scale EF5 tornado that carved a 17-mile path of destruction on May 20. In all, 24 people were killed, including seven children who were in a school.

The storm damaged or destroyed 4,000 homes and businesses.

"There are people out there sifting through all the rubble, and they need work gloves, Runkle said.

Lightly worn clothing, bottled water, trial-size toiletries, cleaning supplies and lightly used toys and furniture can be dropped off at Eagle Fire Co., 54 Center St., or Union Fire Co., 201 York St., now through Sunday.

Firefighters can pick up furniture and larger items locally, Bush said.

"We're pushing to fill this truck," he said.


The trailer will be hauled to People's Church in nearby Oklahoma City on Monday where collected items will be distributed to affected families.

Wanted to help: So far, donors have already been contributing to the effort. The York County SPCA donated pet food, Bush said, adding that residents have been dropping items off at the station.

"People have been leaving stuff on the bench out here," he said.

Cash donations collected Monday and a $250 Walmart gift card donated by Volkswagen of York were sent to the Moore Fire Co., Bush said.

Runkle is also selling T-shirts that read "Give Moore" online with proceeds going to storm victims.

She said she felt compelled to help after learning of the destruction the storm caused.

"I woke up Monday morning and saw the disaster," she said.

How to give: Donations for tornado victims in Moore, Okla., can be dropped off at Eagle Fire Co., 54 Center St. in Mount Wolf, or Union Fire Co., 201 York St. in Manchester, now through Sunday.

To have a large item or furniture picked up, call Eagle Fire Co. at (717) 266-2342 and leave a detailed message.

For more information about the collection drive, or more information about the "Give Moore" T-shirts, go to fire22.org. T-shirts are $10 each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. - Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.