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Spring Flooding Leaves Pantry High and Dry
By: Wes Wallace

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - The sagging economy, more demand for services, and fewer donations all mean the United Gospel Rescue Mission could use some rescuing of its own.

On an average day, the mission feeds lunch to about 150 people.  Back in March, severe flooding spiked the number to 1500 a day at the Poplar Bluff area center.  All the water left the mission high and dry.

"You can only go back to the well so many times.  We're not the only non-profit in town," said Pastor Gregory Kirk."We have a lot of people who are 15, 20, 30 dollar donors, but that's discretionary money, and it's going into their gas tanks."

So in these tough times, the rescue mission and many other similar programs often don't have enough resources to give to those in need.

The center also serves as a temporary homeless shelter and sponsors a substance abuse recovery program.  There's also a thrift store which collects clothes and furniture.  However, Gregory Kirk says any type of donation is welcome.

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