ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An effort by the UNM Lobo softball team to help tornado victims in Oklahoma is already seeing big success.
The Lobo softball team is taking donations at the field off University Boulevard and Sunshine Terrace, just south of The Pit.
They hadn't even hung signs up on Wednesday and people were already driving up to the building to begin donating.
In less than 24 hours, the team has already received dozens of bags of clothes, crates of water and food. The also received games, pet food and blankets.
The Lobos Softball Coach Erica Beach just thought up the idea two days ago, looking for a way to help.
She is planning on loading everything into a truck next week and driving it to Moore, Oklahoma. At this point though, they made need two trucks.
"I would have been impressed jut with the giving of the community if this happened now until Friday…and this happened in the first hour and a half, you know anything is fantastic and we already have this much it's humbling, it's fantastic," UNM Assistant Softball Coach, Lyndsey Angus, said.
The team will collect items at the softball field clubhouse through next Thursday, May 30, 2013. This week, collection hours will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, donations will be be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon.
Next week, donations will also be accepted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, may 28, 29, and 30.
The team is collecting toiletries, diapers, blankets, work gloves, non perishable food and bottle water or anything that can help.
All of the stuff that's collected is going to be distributed by the team coaches next week. Their plan is to get it all out to people through former Lobo football player Kyle Coulter, who is a volunteer firefighter in the Moore area. The team hopes to have the shipment moving on Friday, March 31.
The donation site can be a little tricky to find. The best way to there is to turn on to a dirt road marked "Sunshine Terrace" off of University Boulevard. Follow the road straight back and you'll see the softball clubhouse on your right.
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