Official updates Joplin's needs

As the result of an overwhelming number of donations made by communities from around the state for survivors of the tornado that hit Joplin last weekend, State Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, said the current needs of the Joplin community are now very specific.

White is coordinating efforts in Jefferson City to collect items that are needed. White said trailers and volunteers will be collecting donations on the north side of the state Capitol from 1-4 p.m. today.

“We have seen such an amazing amount of support from people from all around the state who have donated vital items such as water and clothing, but we now have very specific needs for the families who have lost homes,” said White, who is in Joplin working directly with state officials to coordinate the relief effort. He added, “I know people want to help, but they’re not sure of the best way to do it. I’m working with my legislative assistant in Jefferson City to convey the most current information possible so that we can provide survivors with the things they need most.”

White and his assistant have worked to secure several storage facilities to house items of need. They are cooperating with local volunteers to provide transportation for donated goods to the Joplin area. White said volunteers will be on hand today to accept donations from area residents.

“These donations will make their way directly into the hands of the people who need them most,” said White. “There has been a great deal of confusion and chaos in the wake of the storm but the relief effort is now very coordinated and focused.”

Items of current need: wheelbarrows, steel-tine rakes, tarps, furring strips, boxes, baby supplies, feminine hygiene products and various toiletries. White added that clothing donations are no longer a priority because of the abundance of donations made by Missourians from all parts of the state.

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