Local Bar Organizing Tornado Donation Drive

(Memphis) Newby’s bar is hoping to fill up two tractor’s worth of items for Oklahoma’s tornado victims.

“I think it’s so interesting that a bar decided to open up its doors and show some love,” said Sarah Cobb who is helping with the drive.

With no concert until Friday, Cobb says Newby’s has the space to collect items like water and diapers.

“Our tornados jump the bluff,” said Cobb. “Thank God, but we feel for them so we give whatever we can and whatever we have.”

People like Joyce Coleman sprang into action. The items she brought are left over from a field day at Dunbar Elementary School in Orange Mound.

”Parents and staff brought a lot of things so instead of just giving it away we decided to give it to the Oklahoma City victims,” said Coleman. “We’re teaching our children to give back because we were blessed to get a lot of things on Monday.”

Right now, Cobb says the relief effort needs baby supplies as well as socks, sunscreen, and bottled water, just to name a few. She says they’ll take anything you drop off, but prefers no clothing.

It times like these that show the true heart of the Mid-South.

“We pull together,” Coleman said. “We may be divided all other times, but when we’re needed we do pull together for any and everybody.”

Anyone interested in donating can drop off items at Newby’s at 539 South Highland from 3p until 3am on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 18-wheelers will need to be loaded.

Those interested in helping can show up to Newby’s  Friday morning at 7:30am.

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