Branson Tornado Recovery
It was a crazy week in Branson with the tornado that struck just over a week ago but things are up and running again. Our new location suffered very minimal damage so we've been out helping those affected. On Thursday night we delivered close to 600 "Happy Meals". On Friday and Saturday we partnered with CenturyLink and cooked out in the Wal-Mart parking lot for volunteers, utility workers and tornado victims providing over 400 hamburgers, 160 hotdogs and 100 toiletry bags. On Sunday we delivered over 175 sack lunch meals that were donated to us. We had a tremendous amount of support, volunteers and community spirit. Check out all the photos of the 2 day cookout on our Facebook page and notice all the smiles from the volunteers. I think they were having too much fun loving and hugging on people!
We have now gone into RECOVERY mode in Branson. As you can see Dancing with the Stars of Branson has been moved to tonight. Be sure to go and support not only us but the other organizations as well. Your donations cast the votes for the winning couple $1=1 vote.
I talked on Hometown Radio a little about the challenges we face as an organization and as a community. Listen to the interview by clicking their logo below.
We also had some great news coverage of our efforts on both KY3 and KOLR10.
If you wish to volunteer to assist area residents with homes damaged by the storm those efforts are being managed by AmeriCorps St. Louis. Representatives are currently working out of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 269 MO Hwy 248.
Individuals who need assistance may register at the Chamber by calling 417-243-2161, or via email at ACSTLBranson@gmail.com. Volunteers are welcomed and AmeriCorps is currently collecting information from those who are able to help. Interested individuals can email ACSTLBranson@gmail.com or sign up at www.VolunteerBranson.org.
They have opened a Multi-Agency Relief Center or MARC, at the Factory Merchants Mall (Red Roof Mall) 1000 Pat Nash Dr. Bldg #7 in Branson, MO. Hours of operation will be Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00 - 5:00. (3/6-3/10).
Again it was truly amazing to see how our community has pulled together to help one another. If God lays it on your heart to help your neighbor in need, just go do it.
If you wish to help with our efforts you can donate on-line, by mail, (176 Summerbrooke Lane, Branson, MO 65616) or by calling Amy at 417-335-0266. She will gladly accept donations over the phone or send you a monthly reminder if you wish to make a recurring donation.For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org