4:16pm

Fri May 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Central Kentuckians Volunteer in Joplin

Two central Kentuckians are lending a helping hand with tornado relief work in Joplin, Missouri. Craig Infanger and his wife Janis got the call from the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. By 8 am Friday, they were bound for Joplin. The Infangers have volunteered for the Red Cross with other disaster relief work, including Hurricane Katrina, and they were eager to help victims of the devastating tornado.

"So we know the kind of damage that happens and the kind of human need there is out there. And we're the lucky ones who are able to travel and try to help people put their lives back together again," says Craig Infanger.

Craig, a University of Kentucky professor, and his wife, a retired consultant, will be in Missouri for two weeks working with the bulk distribution team.

"We'll pass out cold drinks and hot meals. And then we'll go to sites where we pass out diapers, cleaning supplies, meals ready to eat, and other kinds of immediate assistance that people need there in Joplin."

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed 16 volunteers this spring to help storm relief in Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, and western Kentucky.