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Nebraska organization taking donations for tornado victims

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By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

Lincoln is stepping up in a big way to help out the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. A donation drive was held at the Nebraska Association of School Boards office Wednesday.

Bjorn Nebesniak is a helper. Along with his mom, Melanie, they're dropping off things like diapers and dog food to donate to the victims of the monster tornado that destroyed Moore.
 
"I have three kids of my own and I can't even imagine what those people down there are going through," Nebesniak said.

Put on by the Nebraska Association of School Boards, the donation drive collected basic supplies for those who lost just about everything.

"This is the least we could do, is take a little bit of the money that we have and give it to someone that's truly needing it."

The idea came to NSAB Executive Director John Spatz after the Oklahoma City suburb was devastated Monday afternoon.
 
"If god forbid something were to happen to Lincoln or Nebraska like this, I know the Oklahoma State School Board Association would be here doing the same thing," Spatz said

"I really do want to step up and do what we can to help."

A dental college donated toothpaste and toothbrushes. Some people brought in old clothes, and others, bottled water.
 
One of the biggest concerns with this donation drive was how they were going to get everything down to Oklahoma. Thanks to the folks here at Rent-a-Van, that's no longer a worry.

They're offering up a van that would normally carry 15 people. With the seats removed, it should do the trick to transport all the donations.

"I think it just proves what a community truly can do," Nebesniak said. 
 
An employee from the NSAB will hit the road early Thursday morning to drop off the collected items. Overall, organizers say they couldn't be happier.

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