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Chattanooga community donates to second disaster relief trip

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CHATTANOOGA, OK (KSWO) - The town of Chattanooga is stepping up once again to help victims of the wildfires in Northwest Oklahoma and Southwest Kansas. 

Last week, area farmers delivered hay to the disaster area; this time, they're working with Chattanooga's Future Farmers of America chapter to fill a trailer with clothing, toys and other daily essentials for the families.

When the hay was dropped off, they spotted children playing in the ashes because they had nothing else to play with, and this sight prompted the second trip.

 Last Thursday night, organizers contacted the school's FFA adviser, and the club's fire relief drive started the very next morning.

 FFA Chapter President Emily Kirk said her group did all they could to get the word out.

"They jumped right in. I had numerous calls, text, social media messages, I actually ran into my friend’s mom yesterday at SAMS. She was buying supplies for it. Everybody was ready to give as soon as they heard there was an opportunity,"  Kirk said.

The group's adviser, Dexter Matlock, said that over the past few years Oklahoma has been plagued with disasters, and that the tough times serve as learning opportunities.

"Oklahomans band together, stretch together and pull through every time," Matlock said, "so as an FFA adviser I get to see first hand with my kids and we get to try to rally and try to teach them what it means to give to others and try to give back."

Kirk said the tragedy hit home for her because she's a fourth generation agriculturist, but added that she's eager to see how the donations help.

"A lot of times charitable things like this you don't get to see the impact it makes, but this is our own people, our friends, our neighbors, and so it's a really a person experience to see the difference that you're making," Kirk said.

She said they plan to drop off items in Englewood, Kansas before bringing some to Lavern, Oklahoma.

"We want to do as much as we can as fast as we can, the best as we can,” she said. “So the more people we can help the more satisfied we'll feel with our job."

 Matlock said they'd like to take another trip if they can fill the trailer a second time. 

The trailer is leaving at 8 a.m. Friday morning.  Items can be dropped off at L&L farm supply in Chattanooga until then.

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