AUSTIN (KXAN) - A network of Central Texas churches and businesses is collecting supplies for the victims of the Joplin tornado, which is now considered the most deadly single tornado in U.S. history.
Members of the Austin Disaster Relief Network have organized a backpack drive where members of the community can drop off backpacks full of supplies. Specially trained volunteers will drive them to Joplin later this week.
"We're going to take these backpacks of good and of love to the good people of Joplin to say this is Austin Texas loving you - we want to help you out," said Daniel Geraci, Director of the Austin Disaster Relief Network .
The ADRN has helped victims of other disasters including the Oak Hill fire back in April and the Alabama tornadoes earlier this month. The network is also holding a training session for anyone in the community interested in becoming a disaster volunteer.
"Our goal is to train people emotionally, spiritually, and physically," said Geraci.
Training will take place June 10-11.
"We're finding that people are looking for us to respond as a community once again and that's what our heart is," said Derick Zwerneman, Outreach Director for Celebration Church, which is organizing the relief effort. "The idea is to have a bag that is exactly the same and that we can hand to each person. We can say, here's a bag and God Bless you."
Donations will be accepted through June 1.
Inside each backpack they want the following items:
A bar of soap
Bottle of shampoo
Stick of deodorant
Packing of wet wipes
Two bottles of water
One wash cloth
The bags will be handed out to tornado victims in Joplin.
The backpacks can be dropped off at any Round Rock ISD school, All RunTex locations, Celebration Church, Hill Country Bible Church and Christ Compassion Center.
Click here for addresses and drop-off times.
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