Lancaster –About $550 was raised during a 5k walk at Ohio University Lancaster Saturday held for the tornado victims in Oklahoma. Students in OUL's Human Services Technology Student Association organized the event to collect money to help.
"The HST student organization believes in helping communities recover and heal," said Human Services Technology Program Coordinator Lisa Skeens. "There are many families in financial need and according to the Red Cross, the greatest need they have at this point is financial."
The May twister killed 19 people in Moore, Oklahoma and five more in Oklahoma City. 324 people were injured. Moore is a town of about 55,000 people and is located in central Oklahoma. There was a 17-mile path of destruction.
The 5k walk began at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and all proceeds are going to the American Red Cross. Red Cross workers have been in Oklahoma providing whatever assistance they can to those who lost their homes and loved ones.
"It is important for students, faculty and community members to extend their care and concern on a local, state, national and international level," said Skeens. "We hope is some small way this walk and the proceeds from it, will help those in Oklahoma know that we support them in their recovery efforts."
In October, about 40 people took part in a walk on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus to honor domestic violence victims. That walk was also organized by the Human Services Technology Student Association. The walk raised about $200 for the Lighthouse Shelter.