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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The impact of the Oklahoma tornado is being felt right here in Central Arkansas from folks who are from the Moore area.

    Nathan Brewer grew up in Moore, and then headed to Conway for college. He still lives there now but hopes to get home as early as Thursday, so he can see his parents and help out his hometown.

    "The Warren Theater has actually been kind of one of the community of Moore's big staples," Brewer said.

    Nathan Brewer shows us a picture of his hometown. It's the before shot of a popular movie theater that's now part of the aftermath of Monday's deadly tornado.

    "It's heart-wrenching to see that. Not only to see that but to see that and not to be able to be there," Brewer said.

    What's hitting even closer to Brewer's heart is the fact that his parents still live in Moore, but they're okay.

    "I heard from them minutes after the tornado had swept through and was thankful enough to get a phone call through," Brewer said.      

    His father is the pastor of a church in Moore that Brewer said narrowly escaped the tornado's path.

    "Thankfully, I believe God spared the building. The facility as a hub in the area as a place of refuge for people to come," Brewer said.

    Brewer is following in his father's foot-steps and now works at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway as a high school student pastor. Just a day after the tornado, the church is collecting items to bring to Moore.

    "This morning we gathered together to pray, and we didn't only pray, we took steps very soon to really get some feet on the ground there, too," Brewer said.

    They're planning to head out soon and help, and bring those pictures of the theater and more much closer than his laptop.

    Brewer also said that his parents' home did not get hit by the tornado, but he knows members of his church weren't so lucky. He said many of them have young kids and are now in need of basic things like diapers and clothes. 

    Here is a list places in Conway where you can donate and what they need:

    Where:

    Lifeword Media Ministries - 611 Locust Ave

    Antioch Baptist Church - 150 Amity Rd

    Central Baptist College - 1501 College Ave

    Conway Copies - 2505 Donaghey

    What:

    Baby formula

    Bug spray

    Bungee cords

    Deodorant

    Disposable cameras (for insurance claims)

    Disposable gloves

    Dry Food

    Face Masks

    Gatorade

    Feminine hygiene products

    Hand sanitizer

    Individual wrapped snacks

    Pet supplies

    Plastic storage containers of all sizes with lids

    Pre-paid cell phones

    Sunscreen

    Towels

    Trash bags

    Tylenol/Aleve/Ibuprofen

    Usable tarps of all sizes

    Visa money cards

    Wal-mart gift cards

    Wash cloths/hand towels

    Wipes

    Bottled Water

    Diapers

    Clothes (children's clothes especially)

    Non-Perishable food items

    When:

    1st phase - Leaving May 26 @ 3 from Lifeword

    2nd phase - Leaving June 1st from Antioch

    Another collection effort is going on in Little Rock at Pulaski Heights Middle School, 401 N. Pine Street. 

    Teacher Terese Oliver is an Oklahoma native and is encouraging students and staff members to donate work gloves for the tornado survivors. The gloves will protect them as they dig through the debris. Oliver will be accepting donations through Friday. They can be dropped at a box near the front door of the school or in Room 415.  

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