The Following is a Press Release sent to me from a local resident who is taking supplies to Joplin, MO. If you have anything to donate, the information is as follows:
Former Joplin, MO resident and 6-year Brookings resident, David Reynolds is spearheading an effort to collect food, water, and baby supplies (diapers, formula) to deliver much needed food and supplies for a massive relief effort for first responders and Joplin, MO residents left homeless by the tornado which divided that town on Sunday, May 22.
“I have spent the past few day...s receiving updates from my brother, my parents, and other family members who still live in Joplin, and seeing images in the media of the devastation and I just knew that I needed to do something to help,” explained Reynolds. “The sheer magnitude of the loss of life and tragedy makes it nearly impossible to see how just one person can make a difference, but I know that based on the number of concerned phone calls I’ve received from Brookings residents over the past few days has convinced me that we can make a difference for some of the families in Joplin, and as soon as I finish conducting the Brookings Area Community Band on Tuesday, I’m hitting the road.” Reynolds is a professor and head of the Music Department at South Dakota State University and also serves as director of the Brookings Community Band. Although he is in the Twin Cities from May 25-28th participating as a presenter at the International Trumpet Guild’s annual conference, David may be reached at 605-690-2885 beginning May 29th.
Reynolds has been joined by a number of key community businesses who have readily stepped forward to assist with the effort. Best Choice Real Estate owner David Kneip has contributed a moving truck for the collection and transportation of the supplies. Brookings Radio and the Brookings Register are assisting with publicity and a public awareness campaign to encourage community members to contribute to the effort.
On Tuesday, May 31st, the Best Choice truck will be parked in the parking lot at the corner of 5th St. and 7th Ave. W. between First Presbyterian and First United Methodist Churches. Reynolds will be on site to receive donations from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on that day. Anyone wishing to make donations of food, water, baby supplies, or monetary contributions to help defray fuel costs prior to Tuesday may deliver them to Brookings Radio M-F at 227 22nd Ave. S.