Tornado relief effort underway in local area

Monday, May 23, 2011 ~ Updated 10:50 AM

The citizens of Cassville and Barry County are encouraged to lend assistance to those in Joplin who are beginning to rebuild after a devastating tornado.

In partnership with the City of Seligman, the OACAC Barry County Neighborhood Center will be collecting new items that will be donated to the Convoy of Hope in Joplin. OACAC is located at 700 E. Highway 248 in Cassville.

Items needed include: non-perishable food items; water; toiletries; cleaning supplies; baby items (such as diapers and formula); and large plastic totes for people to store their belongings, blankets, pillows, socks and underwear.

All donations will be taken to Joplin on Saturday by a convoy of volunteers. They will leave from the City Hall in Seligman at 9 a.m. and travel to a vacant lot near America's Best Value Inn and Suites in Cassville. The group will leave from that location at 9:30 a.m. for those that would like to join in the volunteer efforts.

The convoy will then stop at Salvation Army in Joplin to deliver the items followed by volunteering at the command shelter (the recreation center at Missouri Southern State University). Volunteers will spend the day helping where directed.

OACAC will be collecting items Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. The City of Seligman will be accepting items in the community building at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

All clothing donations should be taken to Pink Zebra, located at 101 S. Main in Cassville. New and gently used clothing items are being accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Pink Zebra will also be accepting other donated items to be taken to Joplin at a later date.

Those interested in being a part of the convoy or volunteering to help with this project should contact Miki Mabry at 479-295-3648. Questions concerning donations in the Cassville area should be directed to Gail Reed at OACAC at 847-2140.

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