By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin residents and area nonprofit and relief organizations, remembering the devastation sustained two years ago in the Joplin tornado, are rallying today to send help to residents of Moore, Okla.
Several organizations are collecting emergency supplies and money to provide shelter and other needs to Moore residents.
Nigel Holderby, chief communications officer for the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, said the Red Cross is accepting donations to pay for sheltering and feeding storm survivors.
“Monetary donations are the very best way to help. Your donations allow us to purchase supplies and relief items locally as well as to provide shelter, food and emotional support to those in desperate need in Oklahoma and across the Midwest,” Holderby wrote in a statement issued by the Red Cross.
“If you are interested in volunteering, we ask at the request of the local Emergency Management in Oklahoma that you not self-deploy. This can cause delays in the current efforts which are search, rescue and recovery.”
The Joplin Family Y, working with Zimmer Radio, is collecting relief supplies with the goal of sending a truck today. Bottled water, cleaning supplies, baby formula and supplies, First Aid products and hygiene supplies may be dropped off at both Family Y locations, 510 S. Wall Ave. and 3404 Macintosh Circle. If the truck is filled by 4 p.m., it will be dispatched to Moore this evening. If not, collection efforts will continue tomorrow. Clothes are not being accepted at this time.
Charlie Brown, of Homes of Hope and Stars of Hope, said his organization is collecting products at the Christman Center, 501 S. Main St. A list of items includes water, canned goods, hygiene and toiletry items, sun screen, tools, flashlights and batteries, gloves, trash bags, hard hats, storage containers and moving supplies and gift cards.
The First United Methodist Church, 501 W. Fourth St., is accepting donations to buy supplies.
The Joplin Area of Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 320 E. Fourth St., is accepting donations that will be sent to the Moore Chamber of Commerce for rebuilding.