Columbia Public Schools holds supply drive for Joplin

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 1:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools is joining in the Joplin tornado relief effort with a supply drive that will run through Thursday morning.

Schools are collecting supplies for volunteers and medical personnel, including water, fruit juice, Gatorade and other power drinks, as well as high-protein, shelf-stable foods such as individual bags of peanuts or sunflower seeds, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, beef jerky, granola bars or trail mix. It is important that these items not require refrigeration or electricity, according to a news release from the school district.

Personal hygiene products such as hand sanitizer and paper products such as tissues, plates, napkins, cups and toilet paper were also being accepted, according to the release.

Supplies will be collected all day Wednesday and Thursday morning and will be picked up Thursday afternoon.

Donations can be dropped off at any public school in the district or at the district's administration building, 1818 W. Worley St., according to the release.

More information can be found on the district's website, by contacting Community Relations at (573) 214-3960 or by e-mailing Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark.

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Gregory Mathers May 26, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.

One way to get jerky to Columbia Schools is by ordering it and having the order shipped directly to the school. You can order jerky at, and have the jerky shipped directly to your charity of choice.

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