Jasper group gathering supplies for Japan

JASPER, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

JASPER, AL (WBRC) -  A supply drive is underway to help the survivors in Japan in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

Missions Unlimited is behind the effort. It's an international relief and development organization in Jasper.

Volunteers already have boxes and boxes of supplies ready to go like tooth paste, hand towels, soap and blankets. But they are in need of much more. The organization will transport the items by truck to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. The items will then be loaded onto military cargo planes and shipped to the disaster areas.

"The supplies will probably be delivered out on helicopter or trucks depending on the area. There are a lot of islands there that can't be reached by trucks," said Ken Key, founder of Missions Unlimited. "Then the Salvation Army will distribute it (supplies)."

Volunteers are hoping to leave in two weeks.

Some items the organization is in need of include rice, baby food, granola bars, sleeping bags, clothes, blankets, hygiene products, batteries and diapers.

The drop-off location for donations is the old John Crump Mazda dealership on Highway 78 in Jasper.

If you need to know more call Missions Unlimited at 205-275-9070.

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