By: Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
May 28, 2013
AUXIER — For Lydia Phipps, the recent tornado that caused widespread destruction in Moore, Okla., was an unwelcome reminder.
Last year, Phipps was living in West Liberty, where a tornado nearly leveled the community on March 2, 2012. She was among the many people who saw hopes and dreams swept away by the violent storm.
“It brought it all back, when I saw it on TV,” Phipps said of the Oklahoma disaster. “Afterwards, we all got together and did this as a staff.”
“This” was a room filled with toiletries, medicine, cleaning supplies and other items, collected for the Oklahoma victims by the staff of Physicians for Women, where Phipps now works as a registered nurse.
Phipps and her coworkers spent two days collecting and sorting the items, which were then sent to the West Liberty Fire Department, to join with another collection effort. From there, the items went to Mt. Sterling First Church of God, where they were loaded on a truck and dispatched to Oklahoma.
The office received extensive help in collecting items from MedZone Pharmacy, Big Sandy RECC, Cash Express and Fannin’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.