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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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.
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