When Beth Britt returned to her childhood home in Slidell, La., it was 5 feet deep in water. Her mother moved to a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer until her home was repaired after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the area in 2005.

“I know first-hand what it’s like to live in a (devastated) zone like that,” Britt said. “Everything was gone.”

The community rallied to help one another in the hurricane-ravished Louisiana town. Britt wants to do the same for the town of about 56,000 people affected by a tornado that hit Moore, Okla., last week.

“It’s only five hours away, so I just decided to (hold a drive) to help the people up there,” Britt said. “They need everything right now. They have nothing.”

Britt, co-owner of Alyssa’s Closet, said she’s always been a humanitarian and loves helping people. She’s been collecting items at her thrift shop throughout the week to drive up to Oklahoma on Saturday.

She’ll make another trip to the region next weekend and encourages residents to donate diapers, bottled water, ice chests, nonperishable food, baby gear, shoes, new or gently-used clothes for children and adults, children’s toys, batteries, toiletries and plastic totes to transport the items.

“There’s so many people who have lost everything,” Britt said.

In Oklahoma, Britt will again make the rounds to local churches and aid organizations, dropping items off where needed.

How to help

Donate items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Alyssa’s Closet, 1104 Kathey Dr., Suite 200 in Killeen.

Residents Derrick and Paige Jackson plan to collect at least 35,000 bottles of water between June 1 and 15. The water will be delivered to Frontline Church in Oklahoma sometime next month. Dropoff locations will be finalized by Wednesday. For more information, email moorewaterproject@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/moorewaterproject.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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