Child Care Aware: Helping Out in Joplin
From employees of disaster relief organizations to students raising funds through the sale of lemonade and T-shirts, people from all over the country are rallying to support the tornado-ravaged community of Joplin, Missouri.
With nearly one-third of all city residents made homeless by the May 22 tornado, the need for relief has been unprecedented. Particularly affected are the city’s thousands of children, many of whom have lost their homes. But thanks to the efforts of organizations like Child Care Aware of Missouri, families are finding some much-needed assistance.
Founded in 1998 as the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Child Care Aware connects families to effective early learning and after school programs throughout the state. But shortly after the tornado struck, Child Care Aware was asked to organize the distribution of several thousand care packages for displaced children.
In short order, it helped to assemble and distribute thousands of care packages filled with items like modeling dough, crayons, stuffed animals, journals, fruit snacks and much more. Thanks to the efforts of Child Care Aware, local churches and businesses—plus a host of hardworking volunteers—children in Joplin were able to enjoy a brief respite from the toll of this disaster.
We applaud Child Care Aware for the work it is doing for Missouri families. We would also like to thank Sarah Potter of Child Care Aware for allowing Lakeshore to participate in this project.
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