Joplin Area Schools continue tireless work for tornado survivors

NEEDS IN JOPLIN CONTINUE--Students in Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS) and parishioners of the destroyed St. Mary Catholic Church, and members of St. Peter the Apostle Parish—many survivors of the May 22 tornado themselves—continue to work tirelessly within the community to meet the needs of their neighbors. (Photo by Emily Molinaro, The Mirror)

Students, faculty, and parents of Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS) were among the first volunteers to help after the devastating tornado hit Joplin on May 22, 2011. Even while faced with their own tragedies, including the loss of St. Mary Church and School, they helped survivors with shelter, food, clothes, and medical attention.

Nine months have passed since the tornado, and the Joplin Area Catholic Schools continue to offer help and support. Students of St. Mary School have sponsored various drives that collected needed cleaning supplies and food. St. Peter the Apostle Parish and McAuley Catholic High students have volunteered in many different areas including assisting with clerical needs, cleaning, and general labor duties at the Catholic Charities distribution center, even wrapping presents for its Christmas Toy Giveaway. Their unselfish and continued actions serve as a great example for all of us.

Want to get involved?

If you would like to donate items or volunteer your services, please contact our Joplin office at (417) 624-3790. For updates on current projects that are underway and current news updates, or to make a monetary donation, please visit us Online at, or call Catholic Charities administrative office at (417) 866-0841. Thank you.

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