Five MU physical therapy students to take supplies to Joplin on Friday

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 3:42 p.m. CDT; updated 5:28 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — A group of five MU physical therapy students will be loading a U-Haul truck full of supplies and therapy items and heading to Joplin on Friday. 

The students will take the supplies to three different locations in Joplin to help those affected by the May 22 tornado, Jeff Krug, a clinical instructor with MU's physical therapy program, said.

The group will bring supplies such as hygiene products, baby items, food and clothing to Community Support Services, an organization that serves children and adults with special needs. Leftover supplies may be allocated to other organizations in the area, Krug said.

The students will also make stops at St. John's Outpatient Therapy and the Ozark Center for Autism, where they will deliver therapy items such as walkers, crutches, wheelchairs and elastic bandages. The MU Student Physical Therapy Organization has also donated $500 to the Ozark Center for Autism,  Krug said.

The truck will be loaded outside Lewis Hall on Thursday.

Krug said some students who cannot go Friday will travel to Joplin in late August to deliver more supplies.

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