Group sets up makeshift store for residents

FERGUSON, Mo. - The ongoing unrest in Ferguson has set back efforts to rebuild from the looting and vandalism. So, many residents are left without access to their neighborhood stores.

As protesters march up and down West Florissant many of the businesses along the road are still boarded up with their windows broken and their buildings damaged.

Thursday, some volunteers went to the corner to make sure residents in the area have access to the items they need.

They put together a makeshift convenience store providing items Quik-Trip and other damaged businesses no longer can all for free.

For people who have spent nearly two weeks afraid to leave their homes it's a lifesaver.

The National Panhellenic Council of St. Louis put up the temporary tent with help from volunteers with many from around Ferguson to help their neighbors with hot food, water and snacks to re-stock their shelves.

"We don't have anything negative to say we just want to give back and that's what we're doing, just giving back," one volunteer said.

Volunteers said they're spreading a message of peace.

The efforts are fueled by donations and volunteers said they will be out on the corner as needed.


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