The four-mile-wide, 16-mile-long hurricane that destroyed much of Joplin and its surrounding communities last month leveled entire neighborhoods, destroying structures such as hospitals, businesses, supermarkets, churches and hundreds of homes. Over one hundred people of all ages lost their lives in a matter of minutes and many more were critically injured.
The caravan headed up by Scout parents James and Stanya Gorraiz will leave Telluride on Wednesday, June 29, at 12 p.m., for Joplin.
The small Scout pack is coordinating its efforts with help from a Joplin Cub Scout troop gravely affected by the tornado. According to Telluride Tornado Relief Drive organizer Stanya Gorraiz last week, the Joplin Cub Scout leader reported, “The internet is down. The Wal-Mart and grocery store in town are gone. Even the church where we hold our Scout meetings was lost. It is devastating for us all.”
FEMA has yet to supply temporary housing and shelters are filled beyond capacity, Gorraiz said, and many victims did not have insurance.
“The residents of Joplin who have lost their homes, businesses and personal belongings need absolutely anything and everything we can give them to help rebuild their lives,“ she said. “Life there will never be the same, but Telluride can do something to help.”
The following items appear to be most in demand: Canned and Dried Goods; Basic Household Items; Clothing; Towels; Cleaning Supplies; Bedding; Laundry Detergent and Hygiene Items.
Any donated items will be accepted, and donations are being collected at E. Cummings, Architect, 123 S. Spruce Street, directly across from the Marshal’s Department.
In addition to seeking donated items, the Cub Scout Pack is fundraising for travel costs for the delivery caravan.
“We want to help these young boys travel with the donations across our neighboring states and put the relief items in the hands of the folks that need them most.”
So far, Alliance Financial Resources and Archistruction Landscapes are supporting the venture. Anyone wishing to donate to Telluride Tornado Relief can send money to Alpine Bank by calling 970/728-5050 or drop by the branch at 120 South Pine St. Checks can be made payable to “FBO Telluride Tornado Relief” and also mailed to Cub Scout Pack 500, P.O. Box 3583 in Telluride.
The delivery caravan departs on Wednesday, June 29; the deadline for drop-offs and donations is Monday, June 27.