The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 8, 2012

Pittsburg counselor trained in disaster relief organizes collection effort for hurricane clean-up workers

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

PITTSBURG, Kan. — An relief effort for victims of Hurricane Sandy will get underway today at Pittsburg Community Middle School, spearheaded by a school counselor who knows what’s needed when it comes to disaster clean-up.

A month after the Joplin tornado, Teresa Spangler was trained by Crisis Response International, a non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers, churches and other organizations to respond to disasters.

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, Spangler decided to respond by organizing a collection directed toward the relief workers who are helping in the clean-up.

“Starting today and going through Monday, Nov. 19, our focus is collecting items to be used for that clean-up,” Spangler said.

Those items include a lengthy list of tools — brooms, plastic trash cans, trash bags, hammers, work gloves, utility knives, batteries, rakes, extension cords, wheelbarrows — as well as items that will help the workers themselves.

Donations can be dropped of at Pittsburg Community Middle School or arrangements can be made by calling the school at 620-235-3240.