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Local events planned to gather donations for tornado victims

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On Saturday, May 25, two events will accept monetary, glove or surgical mask donations for Oklahoma tornado victims.

The first one, in Aiken, will be in front of Connie's Framing, 118 Park Ave. SE, during Aiken's Memorial Day Parade. Popcorn and lemonade will be served before and during the parade and donations will be accepted. The parade, sponsored by the Marine Corps League and Military Officers Association of America, begins at 1 p.m. at the corner of Union Street and Park Avenue and continue to Laurens Street and Edgefield Avenue.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valli Finney, organizer of South Carolinians for Oklahoma Tornado Victims, will accept donations at the Elko Farmers Market just east of the Town of Williston in Barnwell County. She also will be selling home-baked goods with a portion of the proceeds going to the victims. Anyone donating will receive an orange ribbon, donated by Hobby Lobby of Aiken whose headquarters is in Oklahoma. Finney chose orange because her favorite football team is the Oklahoma State Cowboys which uses the slogan, "World's Brightest Orange."

"I figured everyone needed to know how bright that orange is even during events such as the tornadoes which ripped through Oklahoma on May 19 and 20," Finney said. "Oklahomans are a resilient people, but so much money will be needed in the coming weeks and months as they rebuild and bury those who were taken too soon."

Finney's 13-year-old son, Matthew, and a friend, also will be at the Elko Farmers Market selling cold drinks and playing music to help raise funds for Oklahoma victims. Matthew may even have one of his famous, award-winning Key limes pies for sale!

The money collected will go to a few places in Oklahoma, one of which is the PTA at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore where seven children died when the school was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado. Several other communities in Oklahoma were affected and have not received the media attention as Moore, and those communities will benefit from the fundraiser's also, Finney said.

Connie Rule, owner of Connie's Framing, and Finney have family and friends in Oklahoma who were affected by the tornadoes.

Finney also is looking for businesses and organizations which will help sponsor additional fundraisers in the CSRA and throughout South Carolina.

You may contact her at vallimfinney@yahoo.com (please put Oklahoma in the subject line), or 239-839-3114 (between 8 a.m. 6 p.m. and please no texts), or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthCaroliniansForOklahomaTornadoVictims?ref=hl



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