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Wood County non profit traveling to help tornado victims


A Marshfield non profit is hosting a fundraiser on Memorial Day weekend for the tornado victims in Oklahoma. 

The group is called "Compassion in Action" and they're hoping to help in anyway they can.

"We know the need is there," said Tom Shilts, Coordinator for Compassion in Action.

Shilts and his wife Cathy founded the group in 2005.

8 years later both of their efforts have led them to provide relief for natural disasters nationwide.

"We've responded to every disaster since Hurricane Charlie," added Shilts.

Shilts says one of the worst disasters he's been too was the Joplin, Missouri tornado in 2011.

But he sees an even greater need in Oklahoma after Monday's deadly storm.

"We helped a family in Joplin and that gentleman called me and said Tom this is worse," said Shilts.

The group plans to pack their 35 foot coach bus with supplies and volunteers to make the near 1000 mile trip down to Oklahoma.

Before their journey to Oklahoma begins, the group is holding a fundraiser.

They'll be collecting bottled water, canned goods, and other donations at Shopko in Marshfield.

"That's kind of the beginning, the spring board for going down their and starting the trips," added Shilts.

Jay Holbrook is one of the volunteers going on the trip.

"I was really looking for an opportunity to go," said Holbrook.

Holbrook tells Newsline 9 that he's glad he found a way to help.

"It really puts your life into perspective when you see what victims have gone through," said Holbrook.

"It's just an experience to be able to help someone that is that much need is something you won't soon forget," added Shilts.

That fundraiser will be taking place over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in Marshfield.

Donations will be collected in the Shopko parking lot from 11am to 7pm on all three days.

The group is also looking for more volunteers to go on the trip.

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