Three Lorain County businesses to fill semi-truck with donations to Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims

AVON LAKE, Ohio - Karl Guenther checked one of his company's semi-trailers for extra duty in Avon Lake Tuesday.

It's about to embark on a ride to Moore, Oklahoma and will hopefully be filled with new goods for victims of the May 20 tornado.

Guenther's company, Chemtron Corporation, is one of three locations to be used as drop-off locations for goods after employees there asked management if they could make a contribution to the tornado's victims. Chemtron did the same for Superstorm Sandy victims last fall.

The company specializes, ironically, in cleaning up after disasters and working with the EPA. Guenther's son, Karl II, is the company's environmental specialist and spearheaded this latest project.

"I went to all of the owners of the company and they jumped right on board," Karl Guenther II said. "We're trying to fill a 53-foot semi-trailer with non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, personal care items, paper plates, towels, pretty much anything and everything."

"I've been in contact with Emergency Management in Oklahoma. They have asked us to actually hold off three to four weeks before we come down. That's perfect because it gives us time to fill the truck up and go from there," Guenther II said.

Among other items requested: Bottled water, sports drinks and juice boxes, individually-wrapped snacks, fruit snacks, granola bars, disposable plastic ware, pillows and blankets. Diapers and baby food for all ages are also needed.

All items are to be new. No used items will be accepted.

Three sites in Lorain County are:

Chemtron Corporation: 33565 Pin Oak Parkway, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012. Call for hours at 440-240-3573

Joe Firment Chevrolet: 37995 Chester Road, Avon, Ohio 44011. Seven days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dewey Furniture: 4483 Liberty Ave. Vermilion, Ohio 44089. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information to donate, or follow their progress, go to the Chemtron Facebook page at: http://on.fb.me/11mNNbo

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