SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Disaster relief organization, Convoy of Hope, is preparing response teams to serve in two of the more tornado-impacted towns in Southwest Missouri.
The organization’s teams are currently assessing damage in Carl Junction and Golden City where reports of tornadoes touched down.
Convoy of Hope estimates more than 150 homes have been damaged in the area. Three fatalities have been reported in the Golden City area.
Over 1,400 bags of groceries are being filled today.
It’s all part of Convoy of Hope’s effort to help those impacted by storms across Missouri.
“We like to put in some type of protein, a salty snack, some kind of sweet dessert, some canned goods, a lot of time we’ll put a lot of granola bars in it that people can just open and not have to worry about cooking,” said Convoy volunteer Todd Lanning.
Lanning said after a day of volunteering he feels privileged to be able to do something for someone else in need.
The non-profit also has disaster teams in both Carl Junction and Golden City where reports of tornadoes touched down.
Convoy said the group is working to provide long-term relief.
“My heart goes out to people that woke up today with an entirely different outlook than they had yesterday,” said Jeff Nene, National Spokesperson for Convoy of Hope. “Yesterday they had plans for today and for this weekend, it’s a holiday weekend…and now all of a sudden they’re faced with a whole new reality.”
Lanning said it’s important for us to all come together to help those affected.
“…lots of patience and lots of love and lots of support from the community,” said Lanning.”
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