Had a neat thing happen Saturday, 7/23/2011!
Dave Woodson and Kirby Ricketts, of the Trenton, MO Kiwanis Club
came to Joplin to present checks and a car to Ed McDaniels. Ed was a
firefighter with the Joplin FD, who was injured last year while
providing emergency assistance while he was off duty. His injuries
resulted in him being unable to work as a firefighter. However,
since he was off-duty when injured, he was only eligible for half
the pension he would normally have received. On top of that his wife
died last November following a long illness. Ed had to let the
insurance on his house lapse because of the rising rates. Then came
to tornado . . . . . . . .
Dave was in Joplin shortly following the tornado and became
acquanted with Ed at that time. When he returned to Trenton he and
the Trenton Kiwanis Club raised $1731 for Ed. And Dave had a car he
was going to donate to Ed as well.
Here are a few photos.
This is how Dave and Kirby arrived in Joplin. Obviously, Dave has
his own body shop, so he was uniquely equipped to deliver cars.
Here you see Dave Woodson (on the left) and Ed McDaniels. Dave
has just handed Ed checks totaling $1731.
Although Dave had planned to donate a car to Ed, he found out the
day before he left for Joplin that Ed had just managed to acquire a
vehicle, and no longer needed one. Dave felt that there were many
others in Joplin who could use a vehicle, so he brought it along
Not exactly new, a 1992 Buick Roadmaster, but in good shape with
lots of miles left on it. Dave gave it a coat of paint before
bringing it to Joplin, and Kirby Rickets, who was camera shy and has
a spray-on bed coating business, fixed up the Landau top. Looks
pretty sharp from a distance.
We took the car to the staging center at College Heights
Christian Church. They were happy to get it, and promised it would
be welcomed by another Joplin citizen.
Dave Woodson was the Kiwanis MO-Ark District Governor in
2002-2003, and is a past president of the Trenton Kiwanis Club. He
will also be the Trenton Club president-elect in October.