The Salvation Army received a delivery of supplies from Joplin, Mo., on Monday, June 10, 2013, at their Oklahoma City disaster relief services distribution center set up at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads. A truck brought 6 pallets of water, large trash bags, and personal toiletry items including hundreds of packages of baby wipes, diapers, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, soap and shampoo-- all of it donated by residents of Joplin, Mo.
Salvation Army officials from Joplin said the donation is their way of responding to the needs of Oklahoma after tornadoes left a devastating path of destruction in central Oklahoma in May, and to let Oklahomans know how grateful Joplin residents are for the outpouring of aid to their community in May, 2011, when much of Joplin was destroyed by an EF5 tornado. The people of Joplin recall the generosity of Oklahoma, they said.
â€œWeâ€™ve been through this before and weâ€™ve got to help. People have just been showing up at our door, bringing the little things they can afford. Itâ€™s all new stuff; it was purchased for Oklahoma and meant for the people of Oklahoma,â€ says Alexandra â€œAliâ€ Oâ€™Dell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Joplin. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.