Metro police officer collects gifts for tornado victims

Posted on: 5:05 pm, December 24, 2013, by , updated on: 05:16pm, December 24, 2013

NORMAN, Okla.- Plaza Towers Elementary Facebook page has been promoting a toy giveaway for children affected by the Moore tornadoes.

With more than 20 kids still needing gifts, one metro police officer stepped in, raising enough money to get each kid a special present on Christmas.

Corie Coleman is one spunky little girl, all about Christmas.

“It’s a Barbie,” said Coleman.

She was at Plaza Towers Elementary when the tornado struck Moore.

“A lot of papers flew around. The whole building was torn up. A lot of bricks everywhere, “said Coleman. “She was in a hallway next to an SUV with her teacher in top of her,” said Susan Atnip, Corie’s mother.

Months have passed and there’s still plenty of damage making money tight for families over the Holidays.

For some joyful children, Christmas came early.

“I think it’s really a big blessing, ” said Atnip.

With the help of Nicoma Park Police officer James Hall and Reynolds Mazda in Norman, more than 20 kids affected by the tornado are getting last minute presents.

“They had their houses taken, they’ve had families and loved ones taken from this tragic tornado, but they’re not going to get their Christmas stripped from them,” said Hall.

All of the gifts were on the children’s wish list, plus more.

“They wanted tooth brushes, they wanted blankets and you know we dug a little bit deeper and make sure they could get the toys and things replaced that they had lost,” said Hall.

Generosity, families are thankful for.

“Christmas is about giving to the kids and being able to see the smile on their faces,” said Atnip.

“Because you get a lot of toys and you got to care about what you get, “said Coleman.

Between officer Hall and Reynolds Mazda, they raised nearly $1,000.00 in less than a week to provide gifts for the tornado victims.