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Personal tragedy spurs life jacket campaign

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Ardmore's Jodie Perry organized a campaign to provide life jackets to those in need. (Courtesy) Ardmore's Jodie Perry organized a campaign to provide life jackets to those in need. (Courtesy)
Jodie Perry, right, has already raised enough to donate about 1,000  life jackets. (KTEN) Jodie Perry, right, has already raised enough to donate about 1,000 life jackets. (KTEN)
Jodie Perry's life jacket campaign was inspired by the drowning of a family member four years ago. (KTEN) Jodie Perry's life jacket campaign was inspired by the drowning of a family member four years ago. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Four people in five days.

That's how many drowning victims there were in separate incidents over the holiday weekend in Texoma.

Jodie Perry says enough is enough.

The Ardmore resident is appealing for donations of life jackets or money to buy life jackets to provide them to those in need.

"Such as like the HFV Wilson Center, the Boys & Girls Club, and then anybody individually if you've got kids or even adults that can't swim," Perry said.

The fresh tragedies are what led Rusty Riner to donate $250 to the cause.

"We all got kids; it just felt like the right thing to do," he said.

Perry has a special passion for this campaign. She lost her nephew in a 2015 drowning incident.

"He wasn't wearing a life vest or life device," she said. "Really, it affects more than just families; a lot of times those are kids that my kids go to school with, or other people that know them. It's not just partially, it's so close-knit that it affects all of the community."

Perry has been collecting life jackets for about a week, and her project is off to good start. The donations add up to about 1,000 life jackets.

"The girls raised $124 doing a lemonade stand to buy some," she said. "We've given some out as well to just some individuals. I've had about 50 people call already."

There are drop-off locations throughout Marietta and Ardmore. The drive will continue through July 19.

Monetary donations are also being accepted online:

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