Man Seeks Donations For Mo. Tornado Victims 5-24-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Man Seeks Donations For Mo. Tornado Victims 5-24-2011

That devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. is having ripple effects all the way into Mid-Michigan.
The operator of a Thumb coffee shop has family members in Missouri, and he's trying to help out the best he can.
Corey Emard runs the Coffee Cup Plus cafe in Bad Axe. Ever since Sunday, his thoughts have constantly been on a suburb of Joplin.
That's where his mother, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews lost their homes to a huge tornado. "I just wanted to let our community know, and my family down there, just because they left our community, we haven't forgotten them, we're still praying for them," said Emard.
Thankfully, no one in Emard's family was hurt when the F4 twister ripped through Joplin.
Emard set up a donation jar next to photos of his relatives. Folks who come to the shop every day for a cup of Joe said they’re more than happy to help out.
"I think it's very important because it could happen anywhere, it could happen here," said one customer.
Besides monetary donations, Emard hopes the public will donate anything it can, for example clothes or anything other items that are in short supply in Joplin. They hope to get a truck and drive the items down to the tornado-ravaged area.
"Hopefully we can get enough stuff we can maybe get a truck down to them, just something," said another coffee shop customer. "We're looking for children's clothes, for age 5 months to 2 years, boys and girls because both sides have lost quite a bit, and adult clothes too."
Dennis Meinke is Emard’s stepfather. He's also thankful that no family members were hurt, and he appreciates any donations. "[A] penny, nickel, dime, anything, a pair of socks," said Meinke.
Emard and his stepdad have been in constant contact with family members since the tornado hit. Emard said his sister was ecstatic just to be able to wash her hair and brush her teeth on Tuesday. "They feel like they're in a war zone down there," said Emard.
If you would like to donate, contact Coffee Cup Plus at 989-269-6808 or visit them at 171 E Huron Ave, Bad Axe, MI.
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