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Mid-Southerns dig deep for Moore

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EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

What a difference two days can make. Within hours after the EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Okla., a call for help was sounded. Mid-Southerners heard the call and reacted.

"If it's something as small as taking a drive to Newby's," said Quay Stallworth. "It's worth 10 minutes to help out some people who got their homes taken, maybe lives. So it's the least we can do."

When you're a Mid-Southerner, this is our least: box loads of donated food, water, cleaning supplies and so much more.

"There are so many of us here in Memphis that are going day by day as it is, maybe everywhere," added Todd Adams, owner of Newby's. "People want to do something good they want to help."

Adams added after seeing the devastation in Oklahoma, he immediately wanted to do something. He set up a drop site at his bar along South Highland.

"Some of the poorest people are out here for the last couple of days," he said. "If they don't have any money, volunteering their time, they're helping us sort they're helping us unload. They're giving us whatever change they have."

Like Newby's, Life Church in Cordova has three 26-foot trucks that will soon head to Oklahoma.

"A case of water at Sam's is about $4," said Joe Carson of Life Church. "It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference for someone. We're collecting water, Gatorade, non-perishable food, diapers are big, baby wipes, work gloves for the workers that are there."

Like Newby's, Life Church in Cordova has three 26-foot trucks that will soon head to Oklahoma.

"A case of water at Sam's is about $4," said Joe Carson of Life Church. "It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference for someone. We're collecting water, Gatorade, non-perishable food, diapers are big, baby wipes, work gloves for the workers that are there."


Carson says this is the third disaster which Life Church has had the chance to volunteer, respond and donate. He says just like in the past when people have volunteered and donated, by next week the trucks will be filled once again.

"This is not about us, it's not about Life Church, it's about us as a people," he said. "It's about us as believers making the difference in the lives of other people."

Carson and Adams agree there is one thing people can't question when it comes to this city. It has the heart of a giver, the heart of a volunteer who selflessly reaches out in times of trouble.

"It's Memphis," Adams said.

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