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02 June 2011

Kraus:Joplin Relief Effort

n the last week or so, we have witnessed the power of Missourians helping Missourians. The devastating events in Joplin have unleashed a wave of support across the state. Organizations from first responders to churches to civic groups have stepped up in various ways to offer assistance.

In the first week, officials in Joplin made it clear that, while they needed and wanted help, volunteer efforts needed to be organized and focused. Thankfully, the rescue efforts have located all unaccounted for individuals, but we know that they still need even more help with the recovery effort.

Using contacts from my church, which has already made one authorized trip and plans to make several more, I have decided to coordinate a District 8 Day Recovery Trip for June 11. We will carpool to Joplin early in the morning and return later that evening. We will have to be prepared to tackle whatever tasks that are most needed by recovery coordinators at the time. We may work in a warehouse, clean up yards, cut wood, or simply provide companionship for those affected by the tornado.

For now, please let me know, by phone or e-mail, if you are interested in attending. Also, if you know anyone in the district who might like to join us, please feel free to forward this e-mail. For those interested, I will send a second e-mail with more details later.

It is important to know that we will be coordinating this trip with the City of Joplin and an organization that is managing volunteers. Joplin is still asking that no one self-report to the city to help. Staying organized will be critical to managing the clean-up effort, and the city wants to stay on top of that.

I hope many of you can join me in helping our fellow Missourians.

My door is always open,

District Activities

This Friday, June 3, I look forward to attending the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. I also welcome the opportunity to meet with Mayor Carson Ross.

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