Now’s the time to step up, lend a hand to a neighbor

The St. Louis community is generous when it comes to lending a hand to neighbors in need.

That was evidenced Sunday afternoon when Sunset Hills elected officials and other volunteers collected $15,000 to $17,000 for the city’s tornado victims from motorists traveling along South Lindbergh Boulevard during a four-hour period Sunday, according to Mayor Bill Nolan.

Nolan told the Call Monday morning he was pleased with the outpouring of support for his community, which is recovering from the category EF3 tornado that whipped through it last Friday — New Year’s Eve.

Citing less than a handful of minor injuries and no fatalities, Nolan called the tornado a “New Year’s Eve miracle.”

But the amount of property damage was devastating.

Some residents have lost everything, according to Nolan.

“It’s sad,” the mayor told the Call. “There’s probably eight to 12 houses that are red-stickered, which means they’re condemned. They’re going to have to be totally demolished …”

A Tornado Assistance Fund, or TAF, has been established by the city.

Those who wish to donate are asked to make checks payable to the “City of Sunset Hills-TAF” and mail them to: City of Sunset Hills-TAF, 3939 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Sunset Hills, MO 63127.

A neighboring community, Grantwood Village, also is extending a helping hand to its neighbors by sponsoring a Tornado Assistance Relief Drive.

The drive, sponsored by village officials and residents, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Grantwood Village Town Hall, 1 Missionary Ridge.

“… Donations to the City of Sunset Hills Tornado Assistance Fund —TAF — are requested, and should other items be requested, a list will be posted at

,” a Grantwood Village news release stated. “All donations to the fund are tax-deductible and will go directly to those residents in need. Cash donations or checks payable to the City of Sunset Hills-TAF are appreciated.”

We urge residents to attend Grantwood Village’s Tornado Assistance Relief Drive this Saturday. If that’s not possible, please make a donation to the Sunset Hills TAF at the address listed above.

Now more than ever some of your neighbors need assistance. We’re confident the community will step up and provide it.