Local group helps during disasters

By Alannis HerringtonWister FFA ReporterOklahoma's disastrous spring weather brought out the volunteer spirit across the state.Wister FFA members showed their spirit by joining cleanup efforts after two major weather events. On May 20, a devastating EF5 tornado tore through Moore. Houses and families were destroyed. Wister FFA teamed up with many other FFA chapters across Oklahoma to help pick up debris and rebuild people’s lives. They spent their day cleaning up large hay and wheat fields in hopes that there would still be a harvest. The Wister group also handed out care packages to local residents in need. It was a team building event for the FFA members and it also gave hope to the community.Closer to home, the Wister FFA advisor, officers, and members along with some members of the Wister Fire Department spent their day assisting the locals by cleaning up after flood waters rushed into homes in Haw Creek. The volunteers helped by ripping out dry wall, tearing up wood floors and taking doors off the hinges. The water reached levels up to four feet high in some houses and local businesses. Many people weren’t prepared for the waters that rushed into their homes. It helped bring people together by working as a team to help rebuild the lives and homes of the many people who were affected by this devastating flood.