JOPLIN, MO.--- An area organization that helps traumatized children receives a large donation from the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The Ozark Center in Joplin received a grant for more than $84,000. The money will be used to help with therapy to benefit more than 100 area children in elementary and secondary schools in Jasper and Newton counties. The money will also go to help fund the Ozark Center's Will's Place that is in use when school is not in session. Organizers say many of the children are still traumatized from the Joplin tornado and need help.
"The $85,000 will go a long way to helping the kids get through their trauma from the tornado. As you know, before the tornado we saw 1,000 kids here at the Ozark Center, now we see more than 4,000 kids," said Phil Willcoxon, Ozark Center CEO.
Workers say the Ozark Center receives a call for help from a new individual ever three minutes.
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