Pocahontas victims pay kindness forward to Joplin victims

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – A little more than a month after their own personal disaster, residents in Pocahontas are working to help the people of Joplin.

It has been nine weeks since the flooding damaged homes and businesses in Pocahontas and effectively shut the town down for more than a week.  Now those same victims of mother nature feel compelled to reach out a helping hand to others they see in need.

A site was set up Monday at the Pocahontas Municipal Building to collect materials for the victims of the Joplin tornado, and several items have already been donated. The site is collecting cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, non-perishable food items and bedding.

"We've had some trouble with the floods and everything but in comparison they're a lot worse off than we are," says Cecil Tackett with the Pocahontas Police Department.

The drive will go until the end of this week and then they'll haul the donations to Joplin over the weekend.

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