Cox requests funding to assist Oklahoma victims
Jason Cox, owner of Suburban Landscape Maintenance in Waynesville, is raising funds for a disaster relief volunteer trip to assist victims of the tornado, which struck down in Oklahoma May 20 . Cox plans to depart Tuesday, June 25 and hopes to stay a minimum of one week or however long his funds will allow.
Prior to his departure, Cox would appreciate any community donations, including cash and/or gift cards for gas stations, housing, food, and other supplies. Lowes Home Improvement gift cards are greatly appreciated to purchase supplies to rebuild the Oklahoma communities.
A few days after the first tornado hit, Cox went on a mission trip with his church, The Rock Church in Asheville, to offer disaster relief assistance to victims of the natural disaster.
“I was standing in what used to be a neighborhood, looking at all the debris around me, and that’s when it sunk in, these people need help,” Cox said.
Five hours after Cox and his church left Oklahoma, the second tornado hit. Since then, Cox has been driven to go back to the same community by himself and assist in any way he can.
Once in Oklahoma, Cox will volunteer through Samaritan’s Purse. He has also contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and plans to help clean up the debris at a woman’s house.
Cox performs various landscaping services through his business, including mowing, pressure washing and general labor and will donate all profits from his business to help purchase the gear and supplies needed or this trip; however, he believes he will still need more funds. The Village Framer on Main Street in downtown Waynesville has agreed to sell one of his photos taken on a previous disaster relief mission trip to Oklahoma and will donate 100 percent of the proceeds toward his next trip.
Riki Tiki Tees Screen Printing of Waynesville has also donated 12 t-shirts for the trip so that people in the crew can be easily identified as volunteers.
To donate to Cox, call 779-7823 or send donations to 217 Paragon Parkway, P.O. Box 109, Clyde, NC 28721.
Donations must be received prior to June 24.