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PSU athletes deliver 150 beds to Joplin tornado victims

July 27, 2011 12:00AM

PSU athletes unloading a truck full of bed frames at a relief location in Joplin, MO.

When it comes to dealing with extreme stress, there's probably no better remedy than getting plenty of sleep.

On Wednesday, more than 20 Pittsburg State University athletes from nearly every sport helped Joplin tornado victims find that rest when they delivered approximately 150 bed frames to the Hope Chest, a Joplin non-profit organization that provides supplies and support to tornado victims. The twin-size bed frames were unloaded at the Joplin Family Worship Center parking lot.

"We want to continue to help our neighbors as they recover from the tornado," said Associate Vice President for University Marketing and Communication Chris Kelly. "These frames were set to be retired from service, and we felt this was the perfect opportunity to help families in need."

The beds, which arrived on large delivery trucks provided by PSU and Via Christi, had been used in the PSU residence halls until the university purchased new bed frames after recently renovating some of the halls.

Kathy Wilson, director of Helping Hands Housing Inc., which runs the Hope Chest, said the organization was also notified recently that it would be receiving a truck with new mattresses from a donating agency in California, which she plans to pair with the frames. Joplin Family Worship Center will act as a distribution center for the beds.

"The overwhelming generosity of donors has been so appreciated," Wilson said. "These beds will go out to a lot of people who need them."

Joplin Family Worship Center's Cindy Wermuth said the church has received at least a dozen calls each day for beds and other furniture.

"We've been distributing mattresses but not a lot of bed frames, so this is perfect," Wermuth said. "We have a lot of families who are doubling up or who have been separated because of the lack of furniture, and they need twin-size beds to accommodate members of their families. In some cases, these beds will be bringing families back together."

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