convoy of hope

Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Hal Donaldson remembers the day well: It was August of 1969, and he was 12 years old. His parents were off to a business meeting, and Donaldson and his three siblings were home with a babysitter.

But his parents never made it to that meeting. On the way there, their car was hit by a drunk driver.

A policeman came to the house, and neighbors crowded around as the officer told Donaldson and his siblings the news: Their father had been killed, and their mother, severely injured.

Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

If you’re in the Ozarks, it’s hard not to compare the images and stories out of Moore, Oklahoma to those from the May, 2011 Joplin tornado that killed 161 people.  Jeff Nene, the spokesman for Convoy of Hope, says the similarities are distinct from a relief perspective, too, including a wide path of destruction through residential areas.

“We learned in Joplin the value of mobile distribution,” Nene said.

Mobile distribution is just like it sounds:  taking food, supplies, and services out to remote sites.

Convoy of Hope

Another family who survived the deadly Joplin tornado in May 2011 has received a new home from a Springfield-based nonprofit.