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Local Church Sends Supplies to Joplin

What started with one person's vision to help the devastated area grew into something much larger than he had ever imagined.
More aid is headed to Joplin.

What started with one person's vision to help the devastated area grew into something much larger than he had ever imagined.

"It is really inspiring and humbling the fact that people have laid it on the line to help their neighbors to the south without complaining without grumbling just stepping up and saying what can I do to help somebody," said Jason Rush.

After seeing the devastation in Joplin caused by Sunday's tornado, Rush wanted to help.

A quick phone call to his pastor at Riverside Church turned into an interview on Live at Five to truck loads of donated items.

"You just see people that just got off of work and they went out and bought $100 worth of supplies," said Rush. "They may not be able to eat tonight, but they are going to give something to someone else. I don't think words can describe how proud I am for the city of St Joseph."

Diapers, food, medical supplies, and 5,000 bottles of water are all headed to Joplin early Friday morning.

Even the trucks and fuel were donated by Sunshine Electronics.

The Salvation Army donated two palettes for a total of 500 blankets. They offered 1,000, but we were unsure if we could take it," said Rush.

Despite FEMA's request to stop sending supplies due to an overwhelming amount of support, Rush has contacts in the area that have asked for specific items.

"I am one person helping but there are many volunteers that have sat here for 10, 12, 15 hours in the last couple of days boxing things and the people that have brought things here should take credit for it," said Rush.

"No second thoughts. We wanted to help right away and the outpouring of support from St. Joseph and the community and businesses has been overwhelming," said Riverside member Gary Thompson.

Any left over supplies will go to Sedalia which was recently hit by another tornado.
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