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Art Van Furniture pitches in to help Oklahoma victims

WARREN, Mich. — Art Van Furniture is teaming up with WDIV-TV's Ruth to the Rescue and Forgotten Harvest to aid victims of the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma.

The retailer is collecting donations of non-perishable food items or personal hygiene items at its 18 metro Detroit stores through Sunday. Recommended donations are canned and packaged foods, toothbrushes, soap and other basic toiletries.

"Art Van Furniture is always eager to help those close to home as well as those touched by disaster outside of our community," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of the Top 100 company. "When we heard about the tragedy in Oklahoma, our hearts went out to the victims and we teamed up with WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest to replenish some basic needs to those affected."

Forgotten Harvest, a food rescue organization, is also accepting cash donations. All items and cash collected will go to provide food and relief items for victims, officials said.

"Art Van Furniture knows how giving the city of Detroit is; let's show the Oklahoma victims how giving we can be," said Van Elslander. "Whether it's one can of food or a cash donation, every little bit will be appreciated by those who have lost their homes and possessions."



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