Two Roswell police officers are collecting supplies to donate to police and firefighters devastated by tornadoes in Joplin, Mo.

Officers Jamie Major and Zac Frommer will drive them to Missouri on Wednesday to deliver them in person.

“There’s 34 police officers who cannot live in their houses right now,” said Major. “Our first priority is going to be to public safety: police officers, fire, but obviously anybody who’s in need, it’ll be distributed accordingly.”

Major said they got the idea after tornadoes struck Tuscaloosa, Al., last month, but couldn’t get supplies together quickly enough to help. After floods on the Mississippi River deluged Louisiana, Major reached out to contacts there, but learned his supplies weren’t needed. Then, he saw devastation left behind by the Missouri tornadoes and knew he had to act.

“We sent a list out to the community and it spread like wildfire,” he said.

Within days, Major said donations began arriving, including nonperishable food, water and cleaning supplies.

“Now we’re asking for healthy snacks, juices, batteries, power cords, rope, some nontraditional supplies that we can bring,” he said.

Major and Frommer are collecting donations until Tuesday night and will leave Wednesday morning. You can drop off donations to the following locations:

Roswell Fire Station #1

1002 Alpharetta Street

U-Haul Storage

2840 Holcomb Bridge Road

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