May 24, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT
In the aftermath of the tornadoes that ravaged the town of Moore, Okla., people across the country are coming together to support the folks whose homes were devastated.
Here in South Bend, “Moms Helping Moms” organized a donation drive on Thursday to collect items for children in the Sooner State. From diapers and baby food to toys and clothing, there was a tremendous outpouring of support from the local community.
The tragedy strikes particularly close to the heart of Irish softball Monogram winner Sarah Smith (’08), an Oklahoma City native who is currently the program coordinator in Notre Dame’s Student Welfare & Development office.
Along with Sarah, and Ally Stanton from the SW&D office, as well as strength & conditioning coaches Geoff Puls and Glen Clarke, I was fortunate to be part of the group that helped load the generous donations from dozens of folks in the Michiana area. I can confidently say that the two hours we helped were some of the most fulfilling I have spent in quite some time.
Local news stations WNDU and WSBT were on hand at the La-Z-Boy store in Mishawaka, and spoke to Sarah about the tragedy that struck her home state. Check out their videos by clicking the links above. The truck will leave for Moore this weekend.