Locally born Joplin relief

In the wake of Sunday's tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo., that killed a confirmed 122 people, in addition to leaving many more homeless, local relief efforts have sprung to aid the survivors.

Lawrence Habitat donations

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, 720 Conn., is collecting donations for the Joplin Habitat for Humanity from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. They are as follows: medical supplies (first-aid items), non-perishable food items, baby food and formula, diapers, batteries, blankets, towels, toiletry items, toilet paper and flip flops, preferably new. All supplies will be picked up either tonight or early tomorrow morning and combined with donations from the Kansas City and Springfield donations before being sent on to Joplin.

Disaster relief drive hosted by 92.9 The Bull

Lawrence country station 92.9 The Bull will host a disaster relief drive tomorrow at Zarco 66, 1500 E. 23rd St., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteer groups from as far as Iola and Manhattan have contacted the station to offer their time collecting items throughout the day.

Items accepted at this location are:

Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash and antibiotic ointment), water bottles, nonperishable food, batteries, baby supplies (diapers, formula and bottles) and paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and plastic utensils). They ask that no more clothing donations be made.

For program director Amber Lee, the disaster carries a personal connection. Lee lived in Joplin for some time before moving here with her husband, who has family there. Before the donation event was announced, people were already dropping off relief items at the radio station, making it difficult to navigate the station's lobby.

KLWN's afternoon sports program is also auctioning off Royals tickets, the lucky winner of which will attend the game alongside Brian Hanni, Scot Pollard and Bud Stallworth, the show's hosts. Proceeds from the auction will go to the American Red Cross.

"I hate to say this, but I love how disaster brings people close and gets people working together," Lee says.

Wakarusa Disaster Relief Donation

Pipeline Productions is using Wakarusa's popularity to open a donation page on their site. From now until Friday, they will match any donations made by individuals.

Cowboy Indian Bear at Midcoast Cares

Less than 24 hours after the tornado struck, Kansas City, Mo., show organizer Sondra Freeman already had a benefit concert in place. The Midcoast Cares is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 1 at Crosstown Station, 1522 McGee St., and all proceeds from the show will go to Heart to Heart International, an Olathe organization that provides disaster relief all over the world.

"I sent out three or four text messages, and 10 hours later we had more than $5,000 in donations, over 20 bands wanting to play and both levels of Crosstown Station," Freeman says.

The event will feature two price points. General admission is $10, but the Boulevard Beer-sponsored VIP package runs $20 and includes drink tickets and a Midcoast Cares T-shirt, limited to 150. Among the performers are Lawrence's Cowboy Indian Bear, who don't have direct ties to Joplin, but were more than ready to lend their support.

"We just felt like it was so close to home. It's pretty much in our backyard, even though it's in Missouri, it could have been up here. It's so bad, we really just wanted to be a part of it [the benefit show]."

Tickets to the show can be purchased at crosstownstation.com.


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