Post sends trucks full of donated items to Joplin
June 1, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. Fort Leonard Wood sent several 3 1/2 ton trucks packed full of donated items to Joplin last week to help local tornado victims.
The post, which was hit by an EF-3 tornado Dec. 31, 2010 where 47 homes were destroyed and 97 were damaged, started collecting donated items May 23 to assist those affected by the tornado that hit Joplin, May 22.
After the tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood, donations poured in from all over the country and the magnitude of the amount of items received was unbelievable, said Lynn Morgan, Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Services director.
And now, according to J.P. Flores, donation drop-off coordinator for ACS, it's Fort Leonard Wood's turn to repay the favor.
Items were collected through Friday, May 27, at the Audie Murphy Community Center on post. Items collected included bottled water, personal hygiene products, non-perishable food items and clothing.
"This is a great opportunity for Fort Leonard Wood to pay it forward," Flores said.