The Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School community will be collecting non perishable items until 8 p.m. tonight for tornado victims in Joplin. A donated Enterprise Leasing truck will take thousands of pounds of food stuffs, personal hygiene items and other donations to various drop off points in the tornado relief recovery zone in Joplin. Cash donations will be gladly accepted.
This drive was quickly organized by co-chairs and Villa parents Coni Kreisch and Tracy Bazoian.
"Our goal is to fill the entire truck, and we have a second donated truck standing by if we need it," said Kreisch in the early morning hours today. Donations through midday were brisk.
One student had a lemonade stand and brought in $270.
Organizers have a small army of middle and high school students pitching in, collecting, sorting, boxing and loading the items for delivery. Sr. Lucie Nordmann, Head of School visited the students to deliver a brief pep talk and to thank them for their service in this high heat and humidity.
Recent graduate Allie Koenig, bound to Saint Louis University collected more than 2,000 cans of food in her neighborhood in St. Charles. Her father Gary drove a company truck to deliver all their donated items to campus today.
Noodles and Co. in Creve Coeur generously donated a free lunch to a dozen workers at the site at noon today.
The organizers will continue taking donations through about 8 o'clock tonight and expect to be on the road tomorrow very early to make the delivery in Joplin.
Look for more updates of this report soon.