Celebrate Recovery in Miami spearheads donation drive for Commerce-based Oklahoma Emergency Response Team's mission to Texas post-Harvey.

MIAMI – Last week the Miami Chapter of Celebrate Recovery through Father's House Church issued a challenge to area churches and businesses to help in their efforts to equip a support mission to Texas.

Celebrate Recovery has jumped in to help the Commerce-based Oklahoma Emergency Response Team (OKERT) by donating the use of a trailer it has begun to fill with needed supplies for the response team's aid initiative in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Donations are still being sought through Thursday, Sept. 7 for OKERT, which will deploy on an initial 3-5 day mission dubbed "Operation Lone Star Rescue" on Friday, Sept. 8.

The main items requested are:

First Aid supplies Hygiene items (Toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes and diapers) Camping supplies (Tents, flashlights, sleeping bags, lanterns) Socks Rain gear and boots (Rain ponchos, hip waders, high rubber boots) N-95 masks Water/Gatorade Non-perishable food/snacks

OKERT is also seeking use of a big box panel truck to help with hauling donated items and equipment.

To arrange a donation contact OKERT Chief of Operations Beau Ross at 918-541-4495 or Frank Hernandez at 918-919-1578.

Monetary donations can be made via PayPal to raldridge60@yahoo.com or directly to the OKERT account at Welch State Bank. All money goes to the Texas mission and is tax deductible.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor for the Miami News-Record. Contact her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.