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Town collecting gift cards for tornado victims

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Rowlett tornado 12-15

Flower Mound residents are known for having helping hearts and open hands for those in need.

“When that tornado went through Moore, Oklahoma, I got a call from David Vaught who asked how Flower Mound could help that community,” said Mayor Tom Hayden. “We were able to raise $15 thousand dollars in gift cards to support those folks up there.”

The town council and staff are trying to do the same things for the neighbors in the Rowlett, Garland and surrounding communities devastated by the Dec. 26 tornadoes.

“This time, we’re going to do it a little bit different,” said Hayden. “We’re going to have our police and fire departments give the gift cards to their counterparts for them to distribute the best way they would know.”

Gift cards for major retailers—such as Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Tom Thumb, Albertson’s, pet stores, or Visa cards with cash—are what is being requested.

“We will be collecting the cards through next Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Town Hall, the CAC (Community Activity Center), the Police Department and the Flower Mound Library,” said Hayden. For more information, contact the town at: www.flower-mound.com, or 972-874-6000.

Rowlett, in northeastern Dallas County, took a direct hit from a EF3 tornado Saturday, leaving catastrophic damage. Winds in a EF3 tornado are between 136–165 mph. Authorities said that 23 people were injured and at least 854 homes were either damaged or destroyed.

In addition, Flower Mound Police and Fire personnel have been assisting with search and rescue efforts, and staffing the Glen Heights Emergency Operations Center.

Here are some other ways you can help:

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for tornado victims or click here.

Donate to the Salvation Army’s local disaster relief efforts here.

First United Methodist Church and Lakepointe Church in Rowlett are accepting donations.

GoFundMe pages are here and here to assist the families of those killed by a tornado at I-30 and George Bush Turnpike in Garland.

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  • Jenne Kopalek

    How about clothing donations and canned food? Why is all just money?

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