Locals fill 18-wheeler with donations en route to Joplin

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 1:55pm

It's always good to see people helping out others after a natural disaster like in New Orleans and just recently in Alabama and Joplin.  It's even better when we see people from right here in our community stepping up to help, which is exactly what Longwood, La. native and president of Diamond 'S' Express trucking company, David Sharpley aims to do.

Tuesday, truck loads of bags filled with clothes, shoes and food just kept flowing in.  It was one last push to fill up a tractor-trailer headed to Joplin, Missouri.

Brenda Williams, who donated clothes and money to the cause, told us that it is important for the entire nation to come together to support victims of disasters of this capacity.

The truck was filled with clothes, furniture, bicycles, sewing machines, generators, canned goods, produce and "anything you can think of," said Sharpley.

Sharpley and his friend headed to Missouri Tuesday evening expecting to meet with an area preacher by Wednesday morning.  "We'll open the doors and help them give what they want out," Sharpley said of their plans to distribute the items.

People around the Ark-La-Tex helped make that possible by dropping items off at the truck parked outside Casino Magic on N. Market St. in Shreveport.

"It could happen here.  It could be us, so it's very important for us to reach out and help in any way that we can," said Williams.

Before they departed, Sharpley told us that if Joplin needs more help, he's ready to make the trip back.  "I'll see what's the next step.  If they want to do it next weekend, then I'll go back next weekend."

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