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Waterloo man headed to Joplin


A Waterloo man is now on a mission to help with tornado relief in Joplin, Mo. 

Bob Buckridge has a cousin living in Joplin, and his son-in-law's family lost everything during the tornado there.  So Buckridge said there was no question about it—he had to step in and help.

"We've got bottled water, chain saws, laundry detergent.  We were told towels, plastic totes.  We've got some snack items, cleaning supplies," Buckridge said.

Those are just some of the items Buckridge was able to collect within one day.  The supplies easily filled up the back of his trailer, which is now hitched to an SUV and headed for tornado ravaged Joplin.

"I just knew if I put out the word to my friends and to the brothers and sisters in the AMVET riders that they would come through, and they did and it's still happening," said Buckridge.

Buckridge's family helped him load up all the supplies Wednesday afternoon.  And these volunteers will be delivering it all to Ignite Church in Joplin, where Buckridge's cousin in a missionary.  The church is one of a few command posts set up to coordinate relief efforts.

"I happen to be in a business and position to where if I can jump up and take off, then I can jump up and take off.  So why not us?  You know, we're in the situation that we can do it," Buckridge said.

Buckridge admits he's not quite prepared to handle the images he'll be seeing as the group makes its way into Joplin.   But he knows the help of volunteers is greatly needed as the community begins its long path toward recovery.

Buckridge and his family expect to be in Joplin at least through Memorial Day weekend.  And even after they return, Buckridge says he'll continue to do anything possible to help the southwest Missouri community's recovery efforts.

If you'd like to help Bob Buckridge in his efforts, you can drop off cash donations to the Cedar Falls AMVETS post.  Online donations can also be made through Ignite Church in Joplin.  Click here to be directed to the church's website.        



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