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Village Inn patrons send supplies to Oklahoma tornado victims

The trailer Leigh Halvorsen initially planned to pull to Oklahoma was nearing its load limit Wednesday evening. On Thursday, he rented a moving van to haul the donated bottled water, nonperishable food and household supplies.1 / 2
Signs in front of the Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill invite passersby to donate goods for the victims of the powerful tornado that struck Moore, Okla.2 / 2

Leigh and Dianne Halvorsen had to rent a moving van to haul all of the supplies they collected for tornado victims in Moore, Okla.

The owners of the Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill in North Hudson were moved by sympathy for the victims of Monday's powerful tornado after viewing the destruction on television.

Leigh parked a trailer in front of his business on Hwy. 35 and put up signs inviting people to donate bottled water, canned goods and household supplies.

By Wednesday evening, the bed of his pickup truck and the covered trailer were filled with goods, and nearing their weight capacity.

Halvorsen said he was considering leaving earlier than planned because he couldn't haul much more.

"Ok. I have rented a moving van now so i can take more items. We r leaving for oklahoma at about 6:00 tonight. I'll have the van at the village inn early this afternoon," Halvorsen announced on the "Villageinn SportsBar" Facebook page at noon on Thursday.

The Halvorsens also will be taking cash donations to relief organizations operating in the Oklahoma City suburb.

Dianne Halvorsen, who works at Metro Dental Care, said on Facebook that a patient there gave her all the money he had in his wallet, $75, when she told him about the relief mission. "No, he wasn't high on gas!" she joked.

The dental clinic donated toothbrushes and floss.

Paul Rode, owner of the Agave Kitchen in Hudson, reportedly plans to leave for Oklahoma on Saturday with a truckload of donated bottled water, nonperishable food and household supplies.