The Daily Iowegian
---- — The Centerville FFA officers went into quick action when they heard about the tornadoes in Oklahoma. With some research, the Centerville FFA officer team got into contact with the Oklahoma State FFA officers and was able to get a list of items the El Reno and Union City Oklahoma FFA chapters hit by the May 20 and June 1 tornadoes could desperately use.
Many local businesses donated to the cause, including Appanoose County Vet Clinic, Ben Franklin, Centerville Produce, Owl Pharmacy, Lockridge and Simmons.
Centerville FFA advisor, Elizebeth Gaskins, contacted the FFA advisor in nearby Tuttle, Okla. about where to ship the donations to and discovered Tuttle advisor, C.L. McGill, was going to be in Iowa on June 10 to pick up lambs. So they set up a time to meet at the high school in Centerville and make the donation. Centerville FFA officers, members and family were present for the event.
McGill told of the devastation seen across Oklahoma, but especially felt by the FFA chapters that lost their barns in the wake of the tornado. The Moore, Okla. tornado that hit May 20 devastated 30 square miles and killed over 20 people. The June 1 tornado that hit El Reno, Okla. was over 2.5 miles wide and included winds at over 295 mph. McGill said he feels very lucky the school in Tuttle was not hit, however his own home required a new roof and sustained damage.