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Red Cross Takes Meals, Supplies Along Mobile Routes in Joplin

The American Red Cross has expanded its efforts to feed and serve the victims of last week's tornado in Joplin. KSMU’s Scott Butler reports.

The Red Cross has established a mobile distribution plan to get much needed emergency clean-up supplies to the hardest hit areas. The clean-up supplies include gloves, rakes, masks, trash bags, and sunscreen, along with water and snacks. Joann Moore, the spokesperson for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross, said her organization is now driving around to take food to storm victims.

“We’re providing over 2000 meals a day and probably over 9000 snacks a day but this is going in the different locations. It’s kind of in the area where we had the fixed sites so they will be going throughout the entire area, just to be able to provide snacks, and food, and water to the people,” she said.

The Red Cross will still have three set locations for people to receive services and bulk items like recovery kits. Moore explains where the sites are located.

“One of them is near St. John’s Hospital on McClellan Boulevard, and the other one is at Duquesne Elementary School on Duquesne Road in Joplin. The third one is Joplin Senior High School on Indiana Avenue,” she said.

Moore also says three feeding sites will be scattered throughout the city.

“Those three sites include the Multi-Agency Resource Center which is on the bridge and it is located at 3405 Hammons Blvd. We do have a fixed feeding site for law enforcement and of course the other fixed feeding site is the shelter, which is at Missouri State Southern University,” she said.

The Red Cross plans to hold an event called “Run for Readiness” on June 11 at Cox North Fitness Center. The event will start at 7:30 a.m., and all proceeds will go towards the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund. You can register at Ridge Runner Sports on South Fremont, or at any Cox Fitness Center. The Red Cross says it is accepting donations at 832-9500.

For KSMU News, I’m Scott Butler.