Radio stations take donations to Joplin

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's been more than two weeks since a killer twister hit Joplin, Missouri. Last week radio stations in Somerset and London filled a semi-truck full of donations to take to the storm ravaged area.

Pieces of what's left behind fly in the breeze in Joplin.

"How bad it could be if it happened to us," said Jackie Sewell, of Somerset.

Sewell drove his semi to Joplin from Somerset. It was full of donations.

"We were in a staff meeting and asked ourselves what could we really do to help out. One thing led to another, and the community came together. We ended up with a tractor trailer full of items," said Josh Good, with Somerset 106.

Forcht Broadcasting radio stations in London and Somerset spent days collecting supplies.

"They want to help other people, and that's the good thing," said Sewell.

"The community coming together between a couple of counties, it's just amazing," said David Childers, with Somerset 106.

Saturday morning those donations made their final stop.

"We're going to be doing this until the city of Joplin is back on its feet and up and running, and they say we just don't need you anymore," said Laurie Otto, with Abundant Life Church.

It takes a large-scale effort to deal with such a catastrophe.

Miles of the city of Joplin are leveled. Winds were so powerful they pulled the bark off trees.

And while such devastation is hard for us to imagine, Kentuckians have shown they will give to help our neighbors.

"they were just giving from the heart and giving from the right place, and that was an amazing thing to get to witness first hand," said Good.

Neighbors still reeling from a disaster hundreds of miles away, yet so close to our hearts.

Sunday city officials announced the death toll had increased to 141. It's the single deadliest tornado in the United States since 1947.


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