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Manchaca Couple Starts Tools From Texas to Help Tornado Survivors

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

After seeing the devastation in Oklahoma, a couple in Manchaca take up their own collection for tornado victims. They're not asking for clothes or food, they're gathering tools to help our neighbors to the north cleanup.

A neighbor walks over with his hands full of shovels. "Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you Raymond," said Carla Bowles.

Raymond Duran gives what he can to help those sifting through their belongings in Moore. "Anything you can do, anything you can do," said Duran.

His shovels along with donations of wheel barrows, rakes and pry bars will all be driven up I-35 next week. "They're our neighbors, ya know," said Bowles.

Bowles started the effort, Tools from Texas, after the wildfires in Bastrop County. "About a month into the process, people were allowed back to their properties and they came into the distribution center where I was working looking for tools and we didn't have tools," said Bowles.

About two weeks ago, she and her husband donated equipment and supplies to survivors of the West Plant Explosion. "They pretty much wanted it, what we had, as soon as it got off the truck," said Chuck Benson.

Now they're loading up another 15 foot trailer with tools for tornado survivors in Moore. "A tornado can hit anybody and anytime, so we'll help out where we can, when we can," said Benson.

It's not just a drop off, Benson and Bowles aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and dig in. "Despite the loss, despite the tragedy, which had to be horrific they're moving on," said Benson. "We're not really looking to give hand-outs, we're looking to give a hand-up."

Tools from Texas is planning to drive up to Moore, Okla Monday. Visit their website to donate.

--Deeda Payton, KEYE TV News.

Manchaca Couple Starts Tools From Texas to Help Tornado Survivors


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