ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - UPDATE: As of Tuesday afternoon, the Lobos4OKC drive is no longer accepting clothing due to several national reports indicating that Moore is being overwhelmed with clothing donations. The group will continue accepting water, non-perishable food items and toiletries.
What started as a simple idea to collect some things to help tornado relief in Moore, Oklahoma has now turned into a statewide outpouring of support, leaving the New Mexico Lobos softball team with a pile of stuff they never imagined and a chance to make a huge impact.
Sunday marked the teams fifth day of donation collections.
Initially, volunteers hoped to fill the softball team's locker room with donations . However, since the team got so many donations, they've now had to move the collection to a much larger part of the building.
"It just filled up," said Derek Watson, one of the volunteers helping with the project.
The donation collection has now filled up the Lobos softball team battle practice area. Some of the donations are even inside The Pit because of their size.
One of the largest donations is 10,000 boxes of ramen noodles which came from Gallup.
Volunteers have also received hundreds of bags of clothing, dozens of bags of pet food, boxes of housewares, bedding, toiletry kits, baby materials and more. Another one of the larger donations is bottled water.
"People actually went and bought brand new bedding sets for us to take over," said Erica Beach, another volunteer helping with the project.
Bags are another important donation volunteers have received.
"Bags are going to be a huge deal when they get to Oklahoma because they're sending people back to their homes and where are they going to put all the stuff," said Beach.
Head coach of the UNM Lobos softball team, Beach says the donations are coming from all over the state.
"Shipments from Edgewood, Cedar Crest, Gallup, Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences, Santa Fe," said Beach.
"It's blown us away," said Watson, who's also a former Lobos football player.
Watson says he's been in contact with two former teammates in Moore who are now working as first responders. Watson says the volunteers are excited to get the donations out.
"We're getting even housewares, kitchenwares and clothes. It's going to make a big difference for them," said Watson.
By the end of the week, the team will drive around three to four moving trucks to Moore. The trucks are also being donated. The fuel to run them is being paid for with donated funds as well.
"We had to have the backing of the community to make this whole thing work and it's beyond my wildest dreams," said Beach.
The team now needs help getting it all ready to go.
"We're going to need all hands on deck because we're going to have a lot of things to move," said Beach.
They're asking for volunteers to come out Thursday, May 30, in order to help load up the shipment that will likely help change some lives.
"We can put a couple smiles on a people's faces and if we can feed some people and give them some comforts of home, then our job here is done," said Beach.
Volunteers will load the trucks all day on Thursday starting at 10 a.m. They're planning on leaving for Moore on Friday morning and arriving around 4 p.m. In order to distribute the goods, the team will be working with the former Lobo football players living in Moore.
If you want to help or donate, volunteers will be at the Lobo softball field from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Memorial Day Monday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The group is no longer accepting clothing due to several national reports indicating that Moore is being overwhelmed with clothing donations. The group will continue accepting water, non-perishable food items and toiletries through Thursday night.
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