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Shelby Co. residents raised $30K and hoping to do it again for Moore, Ok.

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East Texans sent more than $30,000 worth of supplies to Oklahoma a few days after the EF5 tornado struck the city of Moore. Donations were collected by Shelby County churches and residents in May and now they're opening their hearts and pocketbooks for a second time.

"Would you like to donate to the tornado relief fund? It doesn't matter how small or how large," Ellinor Horton asked shoppers as they entered Walmart in Center.

Horton and many other Shelby county residents spent Friday collecting money for those affected by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma that killed 24 people and injured hundreds.

"We try to be there in whatever way we can to help put their lives back together," said Shelby County resident Bill Baker.

Just a couple days after the EF5 tornado touched down on May 20th, Baker and others filled 4 trailers with $30,000 worth of supplies.

"By the time Wednesday rolled around they had about 15 to 20 thousand dollars, so we called First Baptist church in Oklahoma City. They said they needed supplies more than they needed money," Baker said.

Those needs are why donations collected this weekend will go directly to victims.

Baker said he knows first hand what Moore residents are going through. More than a decade ago, his house was destroyed in a fire.

"Until you walk up to the door of a house that's not there anymore, you really don't know how it feels. It's devastating," Baker said. "Everything that you've got is gone. Everything that you've saved over the years, something that was your grandmother's, any heirlooms, and personal items are just gone."

The weather isn't going to stop these residents from opening their hearts and pocketbooks.

"It's hot but it's worth it," said Shelby County resident Carrol Jeering. "My heart just bleeds for them, so anything that I can do here to help them I'm with it."

A FedEx truck will be filled with supplies from Walmart by Monday and will transport them free of charge.

"I hope we greatly exceed what we've already done," Baker said.

Volunteers will be collecting donations at Walmart in Center all day Saturday and Sunday.

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