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LSU, OK fans donate over $14,000 to tornado disaster relief

LSU, OK fans donate over $14,000 to tornado disaster relief
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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 4:04pm

LSU and Oklahoma fans opened their wallets Friday and Saturday at Alex Box Stadium to support tornado disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma. They gave more than $14,130.

The collection doubled the 2012 Hurricane Isaac fundraising effort at Tiger Stadium and is $5,000 more than the 2011 drive at Alex Box, which was in response to spring tornadoes across the South.

“LSU fans literally had their wallets open this weekend as they stepped up to the gates of Alex Box Stadium,” said Bobbi Zaunbrecher, executive director of the American Red Cross in South Louisiana. “The media had let them know our volunteers would there to accept relief donations, and the fans gave generously.”

The donations from the Super Regional will help provide for shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional support as residents continue to recover three weeks after devastating tornadoes tore through Oklahoma.

“We appreciate LSU providing the opportunity for the can shake and especially the giving fans for making such a difference,” Zaunbrecher said. “Though the Tigers won on the field, we’re sending the Sooners home with some Louisiana love.”

If you would like to contribute, gifts can be made by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Checks may be made out to American Red Cross and sent to 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

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