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Tons of donations from area residents bound for Joplin

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( -- Tons and tons of donations will soon be on the way to the victims of the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and surrounding communities thanks to the generosity of St. Louis area residents.

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On Friday, the Rock Community Fire District in Arnold, Missouri will ship out tons of donations to those affected by the tornadoes in Joplin and surrounding communities.  By tons, they mean two semi-trailers full and then some. 

Link: Photos of the destruction left behind in Joplin.

Organizers had hoped to fill one trailer full of supplies, but later had to bring in a second trailer to handle all the donations.  The donations did not stop there.  Two more box trucks had to be brought in to accommodate the overwhelming response.

The district started accepting donations at the beginning of the week.  According to Captain Jeff Broombaugh, area residents have been so generous that the volunteers have had a hard time keeping up with the donations. 

The two semi-trailers full of clothes, blankets, food and  toiletries are set to leave Friday morning.  Some of the biggest needs for the area are chainsaws, chainsaw oil and work gloves as residents try to clean up debris.

Among the essentials are toys.  Broombaugh said, "Sometimes we often forget about the kids.  They need things to take their mind off the disaster and that is why we requested toy donations." 

The semi-trailers were donated by Mrazek United Van Lines and the box trucks were donated by Midwest Recycling.  Drivers for Mrazek also donated their time to drive the trucks to Joplin.  Cash donations will help pay for fuel.

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