NEWCASTLE, OK — Communities continue the recovery process, following the ferocious tornado that traveled through Newcastle then ripped through Moore on May 20th. Some people in Newcastle have begun to re-build; however, many people are still in the need of basic items, such as water, clothes and supplies.
Describing Oklahoma storm damage could be hard to sum up in words, but pictures say everything.
For Kylie Morgan, she re-lives one of the scariest times for her family, through song.
“I slammed the door with all my might, held onto my family tight, my whole life flashed before my eyes,” said Morgan.
A safe room, sparred these peoples’ lives, but the massive tornado took nearly every possession they own.
“You don’t know what you got until it’s gone,” said Morgan.
Many people in Newcastle are in desperate need of everyday items and a 16-year-old boy from Bridgeport, Ohio is helping provide just that.
“I really thought I could help,” said Paree.
Anthony Paree met Morgan when she was a guest speaker at his school. Morgan, a teen advocate for anti-bullying, used music to connect with other kids her age.
“It’s truly amazing how this nation has come together, from sending water to driving all the way from Ohio,” said Morgan.
Through word of mouth and flyer after flyer, Paree was able to pack a 26-foot truck with donated items from his community. Paree then drove 1,100 miles with his mom, to drop off the goods to Morgan’s home in Newcastle.
“We have water, cleaning supplies, teddy bears and everything. I hope everyone uses it and it will help,” said Paree.
“We will rebuild, we will fight, this great state of ours will rise,” said Morgan.
A truck full of needs that will help storm victims in Newcastle, move forward and Morgan said even though her family lost their home and belongings, life is not empty.
“I finally see that the best things in life aren’t things,” said Morgan.
Neighbors in Newcastle stopped by to grab donated items from the truck. After Friday, Newcastle’s Mayor will store the remaining goods at the community’s shelter, making it a free shop for residents’ in need.