Helping Our Neighbors – Update

Television brings the world into our living rooms on a 24-hour basis.

It allows us to watch world events and disasters that not so many years ago would have only been a black & white picture in the daily fish wrap.

So when we see the tsunami that destroyed so much of a Japanese coastal village, we are mesmerized by the pictures. Tuscaloosa and other places in northern Alabama are turned upside down and television brings the devastation right to us.

But nothing that has ever come through the line of my television has ever been as horrific as the pictures that have come out of Joplin since Sunday evening. This isn’t some far off place where Mother Nature has destroyed lives; it’s right down the road, Highway 71 to Joplin, about 2½ hours away. When my daughter was in graduate school at the University of Tulsa, I drove through Joplin on a regular basis. There are landmarks that I knew there that no longer exist.

There are a number of subscribers and regulars on the site that have identified themselves as resident of Joplin. Without a doubt, the average pro football fan in the southwestern corner of Missouri is a Chiefs fan. I’ve tried to connect with those folks in the last few days but I’ve heard nothing back. I hope that simply has more to do with the inability to communicate because of the destruction.

Nobody in the world cares more about those in need than the people of the United States. Please take the time in the next few days to help in some manner. One of the easiest ways is to take part in the bottled water drive being coordinated through the Chiefs. On Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. they will be collecting bottled water at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs also announced Tuesday night that FEMA officials have asked for donations of work gloves, batterries of all types, heavy duty trash bags and flashlights. Those can be made on Wednesday at Arrowhead as well.

Just go the store, discount club or gas station, grab a couple cases of water, put them in the trunk and head for any entrance to the Truman Sports Complex. Volunteers will be there to unload for you. It’s a simple gift, but so vital to help the people that have lost everything.

Donated items will be accepted in Lot C on the east side of Arrowhead. The bottled water will be distributed by the Salvation Army at their four mobile feeding kitchens that are currently in Joplin. Kansas City’s Fry-Wagner Moving and Storage Company is trucking all the water to Joplin. Cash and check donations will also be accepted in Lot C. All checks should be made payable to Heart-to-Heart International. The donated funds will be divided between the recovery efforts in Joplin and Reading, Kansas.

4 Responses to “Helping Our Neighbors – Update”

  • May 24, 2011  - Johnfromfairfax says:


    Thanks for this PSA. Can you get us an address to direct donations to help? Hopefully we’ll hear from all of our friends and fellow Chiefs fans in the area. I’m sure I speak for many when I say our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by these destructive storms.

  • May 24, 2011  - Stiv says:

    Yeah, it really rattles you when it hits this close to home. I’ve sent funds via the Red Cross and tomorrow and Thursday the local schools are collecting items the people of Joplin will need plus things the emergency workers can use. I’d urge all Chiefs fans to help the folks of Joplin in any way they can.

  • May 24, 2011  - gorillafan says:

    I live by pittsburg ks. Which is just a 30 min drive from joplin. I have seen and helped in a few tornado clean ups n this is the worse thing I have ever seen. I have freinds and fam that live in joplin that are okay and was not hit. Thank god. But every little thing help. This is a true tragedy

  • May 24, 2011  - dan in joplin says:

    Hey bob and guys, my family and I are fine, we live just east of the damage and were spared. All gifts that can be given are much appreciated and NEEDED, but the thing we need most is your prayers!!! God inhabits the praise of his people and even though there has been major loss of life and injury, there is much to praise Him for in the thousands of lives that have been spared! The stories I have heard from family and friends are simply amazind! Pray for the families affected and the community as a whole. I ask a special prayer for my sister and her husband as there home was demolished, they are fine but very shaken as you can imagine! Thank you and God bless!

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