The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Off To Serve Joplin

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

This Friday, it is hoped by some members of the La Harpe Christian Church that the trailer they have sitting in the church parking lot will be full of supplies for a trip to serve the folks in Joplin, MO.

On Sunday, May 22, a deadly tornado tore through Joplin, killing around 200 hundred and leaving many missing after it flattened homes, buildings, trees, and anything in its path.

The devastation of it all has reached the hearts of members of the local La Harpe Christian Church.

Carla Day of rural Blandinsville said, that she and her husband Roy and some other members have been fasting and praying, "and it was put on our hearts to reach out with a service project inviting the community to participate," she said.

The group is collecting as many items as they can get into Roy's trailer, to be taken to Joplin this Friday morning. Roy was given a list of items they were in dire need of.

Due to last weekend's rain and mud, Roy, told Carla that he might as well be down there helping out - he can't do anything around here.

So, he loaded up some equipment and and met up with a contact he had made in Joplin,and spent the weekend cleaning up trees where the tornado and blackened skies had dissipated.

This Friday, Roy and Carla will be leaving at 5 a.m. for Joplin with other volunteers and will take with them the supplies people in the community have brought to them this Wednesday and Thursday.

They will be working this time, with a family, hopefully Carla said, they can kind of adopt and see them through rebuilding. It will possibly mean several trips and lots of work donated with love.

They have invited the community to be a part by donating needed items. Here are a few of their needs:

Heavy duty trash bags

Manual can openers



Face masks/dust masks


There will be a trailer at the LaHarpe Christian Church, you can drop off items for during office hours Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and June 8th, and 9th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information contact Roy & Carla Day 309-221-9744.