It was over a week ago, and the clean up efforts continue in the devastated community of Joplin, Missouri. The tornado which was packing winds of more than 200 mph, is now considered to hold the record for the highest death toll in U.S. history.

Joplin is in shambles and relief efforts to help bring supplies to the region are desperately needed.

"the tornado was about 8 blocks wide and went through Joplin. west to east.. never left the ground. residential... business... residential... main business.. residential." - Tornado witness and Joplin resident

There are many horror stories still coming out of the Joplin area in regards to what the community has been experiencing since the massive tornado.

Hearing just a few of the stories coming from fellow healthcare workers in Joplin, the managers and employees at Mountain View all felt very strongly and decided to take action to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.

In conjunction with their 3rd year anniversary, the employees at Mountain View Regional Hospital would like to forgo any celebration and instead use their time and money to help the victims in Joplin, Missouri.

On Thursday June 2nd, the Mountain View family would like to ask the people of Casper and surrounding communities to assist them by bringing and donating items to help the families in Joplin recover from this community wide tragedy.

107.9 The River and our sister stations will be broadcasting live from the Mountain View Regional Hospital parking lot this Thursday, from 10am-3pm. We will be collecting donations in the front of the hospital and hope you will stop by and help with any items or means that you can.

Here are few of the types of items that are needed:

Bottled Water - #1 need right now.

Baby Items - Baby Bottles (New), Baby Food, Baby Formula, Wet Wipes, Diaper rash cream, Diapers (Baby and Adult)

Snacks and Food Items - Non Perishable Foods (Canned or Dried food), Energy Bars, Sports Drinks, Manual Can Openers, Sugar-Free Snacks For Diabetics, Peanut Butter, Dry Cereal,

Medical Supplies - Bandages, First Aid Cream, Hand Sanitizers, Germ-X, Band-Aids, First Aid Kits, Bug Spray, Lip Balm, Over The Counter Medicines, Sunscreen

Toiletries - Bar Soap, Hairbrushes Toothbrushes and toothpaste, Towels and wash cloths, Body Lotion, Shampoo, Conditioner, Razors,Toilet Paper, Deodorant, Contact Supplies, Personal Hygiene Items

Cleaning Supplies - Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Mops, Brooms, Garbage Bags – heavy duty, Paper Towels, Face Dust Masks

Clothing and Bedding - All Sizes - Pants, Shirts, Shoes, Hats, Blankets, Pillows & Pillowcases

Misc. Items - Candles, Coolers, Flashlights, Batteries (all sizes), Work Gloves, Paper Plates, cups and plastic utensils, Camp Stoves, Plastic Containers For Storage, Rags, Tie Straps, Ropes Of Various Sizes And Lengths, Gallon Ziploc Bags, Tarps

Just about anything else you think they might need (that is not perishable) will be accepted.

Please make plans to help with our relief effort and listen to 107.9 The River for more details on Thursday, from 10am - 3pm.