By Dustin Shipman
Nearly 900 families have signed up for the Joplin Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program, which provides food for families in need.
Salvation Army Capt. Mary Poff said while the demand has been steadily climbing as the holidays approach, lack of supplies is reaching a near-critical level.
“We have only about enough food to cover 300 out of the 900 families that we service at Christmas, we have a lot more need than we have supplies,” Poff said. “When we have families come in and sign up for our food program, we have them put their children on one of our angel trees, and people can come and adopt one of the angels off of the tree and buy them clothes and toys.”
“Right now every tree we have in the city is full of angels. We have even more that aren’t even on the trees yet, so right now we are starting to get concerned that we won’t have enough.”
Margaret Lawellin, assistant director for Joplin Crosslines, said the pattern is a familiar one, with more people in need and fewer willing to give.
“We are seeing the same thing,” Lawellin said. “We are getting notices out to the churches and hope for some more donations.”
Lawellin said the cost of gas and groceries has placed a strain on the public.
“Right now we are just hoping for a really big Santa Claus-like food donation.”
Souls Harbor is one organization that is seeing just the opposite with its food donations. Joan Lewis, director of Souls Harbor in Joplin, said that after struggling for months to keep food stocked the shelter is suddenly seeing an increase in donations.
“We have food for our pantries for a change. It has been a real blessing,” Lewis said.
By Dustin Shipman
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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