UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
IOCC Responds to Joplin and Heartland Tornadoes with Emergency Cleanup and Early Recovery
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) - From Joplin, Missouri to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, International Orthodox Christian Charities, IOCC, is working to deliver relief items such as clean up buckets and blankets to victims of one of the deadliest tornado seasons to strike the U.S. heartland in half a century.
Joplin, Missouri was the hardest hit, with at least 125 people killed and hundreds more still unaccounted for after the deadliest single twister ever recorded leveled a six mile swath of the town last Sunday night. IOCC and partner agency, Church World Service, are working closely with local churches from the affected area to identify and meet immediate needs such as food and shelter, and services like laundry and property clean up.
The IOCC response team is also working closely with local relief agencies to ensure distribution of much needed cleaning supplies, blankets, essential baby items, school kits and almost 34,000 basic hygiene kits to tornado survivors in the Alabama communities of Birmingham, Butler, Hoover and Tuscaloosa, as well as impacted areas in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee. Almost $500,000 in donated recovery materials have been shipped by IOCC partners to the region for distribution.