Locals volunteer time, money to Joplin tornado victims

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 6:44pm

With all the recent storms causing so much loss, a group of people in northwest Louisiana have teamed up to do whatever they can to help in Joplin.

Since the end of March, the Red Cross has opened over 200 shelters in devastated towns across the country.  Everything from tornados, floods and wildfires, the Red Cross has been there, most recently, in the tornado torn town of Joplin.

A group of people here in northwest Louisiana are stepping up a little of their own time and money to help those tornado victims recover.  Evans Financial and 556 Tactical in Shreveport and Lakeview Methodist Church in Minden teamed up with Ouachita Independent Bank to collect some much-needed hygiene products, bedding and water to take to Joplin.

They have a group of twelve people driving up two U-Hauls and five trucks filled with items that they began collecting last night.

The heavy lifting, sweating and purchases are just a small price to pay for those who have lost it all.  "People have helped us when we need it and it's just time to give back, and those folks need it.  I don't think there's enough that we can do at this point," said Watts.

If you would like to donate to the cause, you can drop off any non-perishable food items or hygiene products at Evans Financial Group at 7600 Fern Avenue, Bldg 1200, Shreveport, LA 71105 or any Ouachita Independent Bank in Shreveport and Bossier City.

For more information, you can visit www.facebook.com/556tactical or www.facebook.com/evansfinancial.

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