Just yesterday a horrific tornado struck our neighbors in Moore, Oklahoma and our hearts and prayers go out to them. It has been two years since the devastating tornado hit Joplin, and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri has been continuously involved in disaster response and recovery efforts there, and also continues to repair and rebuild homes. Unfortunately, we know first hand how difficult it is to pick up the pieces and start to mend. We would like to help in any way we can.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is requesting donations to fill two box trucks with needed supplies for this tornado-devastated region in Oklahoma. One box truck is located on the parking lot of Hobby Lobby, 1535 E. Battlefield, in Springfield. Another truck is located in Joplin at the Wal-Mart on Rangeline Road.
Catholic Charities is accepting only certain items, including shovels, tools, work gloves, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, diapers, wipes, and canned food items. Plastic storage containers are greatly needed. Many survivors also need binders and file folders for holding insurance and FEMA paperwork. These are the most needed items at this time. We are not accepting clothing or water, as many others have met this need.
Catholic Charities is also accepting cash donations that will be given to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City. CCSOMO has made a $5,000 donation and has offered to send two trained disaster response staff members to Oklahoma if requested.
Thank you for your prayers and support!