Area businesses, agencies pitch in to help
Brashears Furniture is accepting donations for the American Red Cross Joplin Disaster Relief.
"We have several employees with family in the Joplin area that have been affected," said Susan Brashears. "Fortunately their family members are safe, but several have had significant property damage and this disaster will take an emotional toll on so many."
Donations may be dropped off at Brashears Berryville showroom, located on Ark. Hwy. 62, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
"We will take a truck to Joplin this Friday morning," said Susan, "and another one the end of next week. We will accept donations through next Thursday, June 2nd, at 5 p.m."
Some of the items that the Red Cross is requesting are:
* Bottled water
* Non-perishable food items, packaged snacks
* New, clean, folded clothing
* Clean, folded blanket and pillows
* Sleeping bags
* Baby formula, bottles and formulas, and
* Toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, deodorant
Stanley and Cherish Andreski who own a trucking company in Green Forest are loading up at the Green Forest Sale Barn. The truck will be sitting at the Sale Barn everyday until 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. until it is loaded up.
There are also a number of dropoff locations around Berryville and Green Forest. These include the First National Banks in Berryville, The Community First Bank in Berryville, Harvest Assembly in Oak Grove, Second Time Around in Green Forest, Dollar General stores, and Powell's Food.
"We are asking for anything that people might need if they don't have any water or electricity," Cherish Anderski said. "We need household items like shampoo, tooth brushes and paper plates. We also need canned goods that preferably have a flip top."
A drop site has been established at Berryville Ford where staffers are encouraging donations of non-perishable food items, bottled water and baby goods, although no donations will be refused. The first truckload of goods is expected to be delivered to Joplin today, Friday, and each subsequent Friday until the need is met. Berryville Ford also plans to donate $100 for each vehicle sold during June. For more information, call them at (870) 423-3303.
Financial donations are greatly needed and Arvest Bank has set up an account for the American Red Cross-Joplin Disaster Relief Fund. Anyone can drop off their checks at any Arvest Bank, including Berryville, Eureka Springs and Shell Knob. Arvest also has many associates in Joplin that have been affected.
Kerusso has offered assistance to the town ravaged by Sunday evening's tornado that decimated half the city, leaving 1,500 people unaccounted for and more than 120 fatalities.
"Answering the call to action from this catastrophic event, we immediately initiated plans to send products to our friends and neighbors in Joplin," stated Vic Kennett, CEO/President on Wednesday. "We sent a van to the area yesterday and another van of apparel and supplies is already loaded and ready to be transported to Joplin this afternoon."
Kerusso also recently worked with a local ministry in Alabama to distribute more than 9,000 T-shirts to families and victims in six Tuscaloosa communities recently devastated by tornadoes. Leonard Express of Rogers partnered with Kerusso to provide shipping of the T-shirts.
Terry Bowen, Kerusso COO/executive vice president, will be making his second trip in two days to Joplin with supplies totaling almost 8,000 units of apparel and other items since the Sunday evening tornado ravaged the city. "We are partnering with Leggett & Platt in Carthage to donate a trailer full of supplies for distribution by the Red Cross," he said. "We are thankful we have been able to help both Joplin and Tuscaloosa bounce back from their back-to-back catastrophes."
"Our hearts go out to the victims and their families," noted Kennett. "Recognizing the priority is to provide basic services to the disaster victims, we simply want to help as quickly as we can. It so happens that our shirts and other supplies also convey messages of hope that can be drawn upon during these trying times."
Blood donors from across the region responded to the Joplin storm.
More than 1,800 people attempted to give a blood donation since the tornado struck on Sunday. In response, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) urged potential donors to wait a couple of weeks before giving
According to a spokesperson, CBCO is now urging those who might be wanting to give blood as a way to help the Joplin area to wait a week or two to give that blood donation. The shelf life of donated red blood cells is only 42 days. Two days after the storm, area hospitals were back to near normal usage levels.
"The need now is to try to spread out our donations so that we can help patients in the coming weeks," said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. "The outpouring of support has been tremendous, but now it is time for volunteers to focus recovery efforts away from blood donation and toward other areas of the recovery effort."
Mercy recounts evacuation efforts
Mercy thanks the courageous doctors, nurses and other caregivers who evacuated 183 patients after a tornado struck St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening. A number of Mercy caregivers themselves were injured. Their selfless efforts put their patients first and resulted in a timely and orderly evacuation.
In spite of these heroic efforts, Mercy is saddened to confirm that five patients lost their lives. The families of the patients have been notified. In addition, an unidentified visitor was among those who perished.
Mercy is working with emergency response agencies, city and state officials, and other health care organizations to follow up on those patients who were evacuated from the hospital Sunday evening.
As reported earlier, medical records have been found throughout the area. Mercy is asking anyone who has found medical records or information that appears to be related to patient care to hold these documents, as they determine a process for collecting them. Please respect the privacy of any records you may have, and they will advise about the process for returning them to Mercy shortly.
Mercy is accepting donations to assist the victims of the tornado through www.mercy.net.