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South Mississippi woman is collecting items to bring to Oklahoma

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

South Mississippians are once again stepping up and helping those ravaged by mother nature's fury. Casey Palmer and two of her friends found someone to donate a trailer and soon they will head to Moore, Oklahoma.

"It was just my calling from God pretty much, so I just knew it was something I had to do," Palmer said.

Seeing the destruction in Moore, Oklahoma devastated Palmer.

"It was heartbreaking and just the feeling that we know what that feels like," Palmer said.

So she called a friend from Jackson who was planning to go on vacation this weekend and asked him to give up his trip and go with her to Oklahoma.

"I said, 'Let's take that money and let's donate. Get a crew together, get a trailer,'" Palmer said.

Their plan quickly came together, a friend donated a large trailer and they set up in front of Alan Belcher MMA Club, where Palmer works, to collect donations.

It did not take any convincing to get her co-workers to pitch in.

"Giving back is important," Derek Pruitt said. "I said this morning we are blessed. Bless others and I really believe that and it really makes me feel good and we are not done. We are still taking things today. I want to encourage more and more people to come down, despite the weather, and give a gift from their heart. That's all we can ask for."

"Things came from everywhere when Katrina happened, so it would be nice to see it happen again in Oklahoma," Alex Harrell said.

Palmer's co-workers also helped cover her shifts so she could make the trip.

"It just breaks my heart, but what uplifts me is I can do something and I can give back," Pruitt said.

Palmer is collecting anything you want to donate from water to clothes and cleaning supplies.

"I just want to let them know that we know and we want to come together as a community and help them anyway we can," Palmer said.

Once the trailer is full, the trio will begin the 12 hour trek to Moore, Oklahoma to pass out the items and volunteer where they can. They are hoping to leave by Thursday morning and will head back to D'Iberville on Sunday.

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