St. Louis (KMOX) – It’s been a little more than a month since a deadly tornado ravaged the town of Joplin. It left deep, lingering scars destroying thousands of buildings and taking more than 150 lives.
But all over the country, and in the city of St. Louis, people have turned out to heal those wounds.
“It’s important that we are able to continue to supply them whatever they need,” The Salvation Army’s Danielle Eichenhorst said.
That’s why the Army is holding two food drives this weekend: one today at 1 Express Drive near the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus and another tomorrow at Washington High School’s parking lot. Both events are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eichenhorst spent some time down in Joplin after the storm hit, and witnessed firsthand the destruction the storm caused.
“I spent close to ten days down there myself . . . working,” she said. “And I know we’re gonna be down there, probably for years to come.”
“Years to come” could be right; the tornado damage is expected to cost over $3 billion after it leveled much of the town and damaged other parts. A lot of people have nothing left.
“We have families down there living in tent cities right now that don’t have anything, and we are their sole source of these items.”
But Eichenhorst said the drive was going well today with people dropping off two pallets full of canned food, diapers, batteries, sports drinks, personal hygiene items and other supplies before she left at 10:30 this morning. Conway Trucking also donated their trucks and drivers to deliver the goods to the storm-ravaged city.
“When I left there around ten o’clock, we’d already had about two pallets worth of donations on the truck, loaded and boxed, with more coming in,” she said. “We’ve had a really positive response.”