A fundraising drive based at Madeira Beach Fundamental School collected more than 7,200 items and more than $3,000 in gift cards and cash to benefit victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado, organizers said.
Donations from the effort, which began May 29, reached Oklahoma on Tuesday morning, according to Kat Amann, president of the school's Parent Teacher Student Association. The drive focused primarily on benefiting Plaza Towers Elementary School, which was demolished in the May 20 tornado, but items raised also will aid victims and families in need.
Madeira's PTSA organized the drive, which brought in more than 3,000 books, 4,000 articles of clothing, 200 backpacks, as well as school supplies and household items. Students also drew pictures and wrote letters. Rex Moving of St. Petersburg transported the donations in a 26-foot truck, unloading boxes at Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City and Heritage Trails Elementary School in Moore, Amann said.
The Pasadena Center for Asthma and Lung Disorders in South Pasadena donated $1,000 to cover the truck's gas, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 273 donated $1,000 to purchase items. The drive also received support from Tyrone Square Mazda and Square 1 Burgers in St. Petersburg.