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More than $85,000 in aid to be delivered to Oklahoma

POSTED: May 24, 2013 12:12 a.m.
Nat Gurley/The Times

Volunteers and employees at Syfan Logistics and Turbo Truck Center unload donated goods for Oklahoma tornado relief from one truck for sorting into a 53-footer that was to head west Thursday afternoon.

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Syfan Logistics received an “overwhelming” amount of donations from the community in response to its relief effort for the Oklahoma tornado victims.

Several trucks from Syfan Logistics as well as XPO Logistics left Thursday afternoon to deliver more than $75,000 worth of supplies and products to help the survivors of the tragedy. The donations also included more than $10,000 in Wal-Mart gift cards.

Local businesses and churches also provided assistance. Smithville Petroleum and Bell Petroleum donated fuel for the four trucks that were packed full after this week’s donations.

Besides Gainesville First United Methodist Church and Lakewood Baptist Church, which were both drop-off locations for donations, The Torch also collected and brought its own truck full of supplies.

Countless other businesses from the community participated, said Steve Syfan with Syfan Logistics.

“There were so many different people in the community which contributed to this,” Syfan said. “It’s almost impossible to keep track of it all.

“We got such an overwhelming response, we reached out to other trucking companies,” he said.

Syfan Logistics has organized efforts for hurricane disaster relief in the past, and the community has a lasting and consistent reputation for giving when this kind of disaster strikes, said Greg Syfan, president of Syfan Logistics.

“Every single one of the them have been identical,” Syfan said. “This community just really steps up to the plate every single time there’s a disaster.”

He said that even though this particular tragedy occurred farther away than any other one they have helped with before, there has been no change in the response.

“This is the farthest we’ve gone, but we’ve got the same turnout,” Syfan said. “We’ve just got a very caring, giving community that is blessed to be a blessing.”

The General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., partnered with Syfan Logistics and collected its own truck full of


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