PSL nurse spearheads effort for Joplin tornado victims

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - Terrie Hoban knows about caring. So when this veteran nurse from St. Lucie Medical Center didn't see any other locally-based donation drives for Joplin, Missouri storm victims, she started one herself.

In just a week, the donations have overwhelmed her home.

"I have a two-and-a-half car garage and I can't walk through it. There are boxes there packed to the ceiling," said Hoban.

Whatever hasn't fit in Hoban's home has ended up in places like the Church Of Christ in Stuart where over the weekend, volunteers boxed more than 2-thousand items to be sent to Joplin and other devastated communities.

Thousands more non-perishable items are still in the church awaiting their turn to be boxed up and shipped out. Youth pastor Randall Hunter knows his way around a disaster scene, having just returned from leading a group through the southeast.

"Growing up in Oklahoma, I've been able to witness a few storms and the destruction... but not until I went to Alabama and Mississippi did we actually see what the true devastation of an F5 Tornado can do," said Hunter.

Hunter plans to go back to Alabama before the summer is out. In her hospital office, Hoban keeps a stack of pictures from her friends at the Stuart church to remind her of the work to be done. A group from St. Lucie Medical Center plans to truck the collected supplies to Joplin and other hard hit towns on Friday.

If you'd like more information, you can call Terrie Hoban at (772) 332-1780.

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