Health company collecting supplies for Joplin tornado victims
May 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM CDT - Updated June 24 at 4:45 AM
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX)
Arbonne Independent Consultant Heath and Wellness Company is collecting supplies to help tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri. A deadly tornado ripped through Joplin on May 22 damaging 5,000 structures and causing 123 causalties. Executive Area Manager of Arbonne International Heather Brierton said she and her team originated from Joplin, Missouri. Several of Brierton's staff have been effected by the tornado.
"[After Katrina] all of our staff worked diligently to collect items to send to the Mississippi Gulf Coast because there were ties to this area. We sent medical personnel and supplies," Brierton said.
Now Brierton wants to help her previous residence by collecting supplies for tornado victims.
"Several of our Arbonne teammates have lost everything for their businesses. So our team is doing a products with a purpose to help replace their products supply," Brierton said.
Brierton and her team are asking for donation items including: Bibles, motivational books, work gloves, large plastic storage containers, sunglasses, card games, headache or pain medicine, Band-aids, sunscreen, lip balm, diapers, baby food, shovels, cleaning supplies, monetary donations, buckets,and gift cards for Wal-Mart or Target. Clothing is discouraged due to an overabundance.
The first delivery for donated items will be Tuesday, May 31, 2011. They will be donating the items to three Arbonne Families, a church organization, the Ronald McDonald House, humane society, 50 employees from St. John's Hospital located in Joplin, Missouri.
Brierton said 1500 employees from St. John's Hospital were effected and 50 lost everything. The Arbonne team will also make several trips to Joplin to help out in the rebuilding process.
Drop-off for donations are listed below:
Orange Grove Church of Christ on O'neal Road
Sonic of Orange Grove across from K-mart on Hwy 49
Campground Baptist Church off of Hwy 53 Hancock Medical Center
For more information call Heather Brierton at 228-669-7446