Gas money needed for Joplin aid truck |

Gas money needed for Joplin aid truck

Organizers of the local Joplin, Mo., tornado relief effort have lined up a semi-trailer to haul the donated supplies and should be ready to roll later this week.

The big need now is money to pay the estimated $1,750 to $2,000 cost for diesel fuel to drive the truck there and back, lead organizer Deborah Herrell said Tuesday.

After local trucker Jim Condon offered his tractor truck, Sho Motion of Denver came forward with a trailer that can be used to haul the supplies, she said.

“We’re still short on gas money right now, so that’s the main thing we’re in need of at this point,” Herrell said.

A Joplin Tornado Relief Fund has been set up at Alpine Bank to collect donations.

Last-minute donations of supplies can also still be made today, but only at a single drop-off location: Cheap Thrills Thrift Store, 3103 Blake Ave. (near McDonald’s).

The supplies are intended to help the survivors of the deadly tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., on May 22, killing more than 140 people and essentially flattening the town.

Herrell again emphasized that those wishing to donate not send clothing. Rather, she is asking for nonperishable foods that need no preparation and other emergency supplies, such as can openers, bottled water (gallon jugs), toiletries, baby items, flashlights and batteries, work gloves, blankets, tents and sleeping bags.

Volunteers are also still needed to help pick up the donated items and load them into the trailer. To volunteer, call Herrell at 379-0039.

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