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Joplin Aids Oklahoma

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As we see more and more stories coming out of Moore, Oklahoma, we remember the process it took for folks in Joplin and Duquesne to recover 2-years ago.

"It's just about rebuilding and helping them out in the best possible way" says Diana Badley of Calvalry Chapel in Joplin.

Badley is a member of Calvary Chapel in Joplin, a church that was also a distribution center after the May 22nd 2011 tornado. After the tornado more than a thousand guests came in with applications needing specific items a reason why now church members want to help Oklahoma. The members are paying it forward with these T-shirts printed by G & S Graphics, at $20 dollars a piece, $15 dollars of the proceeds will benefit Moore.

"Okay we're going to take the money from the shirt and we meet a family and they lost everything in the storm, one organization came along beside them and helped build them a house, so we go we meet them we hear their story and then we say we'll furnish them for you, we've raised enough money to help furnish your house and we do it all in the name of Jesus Christ, it's not our own, it's all glory to god, it's just what we feel is best" says Badley.

The United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas is also helping out by collecting monetary donations...

"Their request was for us to collect financial donations and gift cards and we'll facilitate sending those directly to the United Way so they can go through their 100 plus agencies and give it to the families that are most in need and most in crisis" says Kate Massey.

Director of community impact Kate Massey says that it's a good idea to hold off on donating things like used clothing and blankets and to wait until traffic dies down to volunteer. That just like Joplin helping the people of Oklahoma, will be a long term process.

"It's wonderful seeing a community really wanting to pay it forward, that's the next beautiful thing, that's where we are in our recovery process and that we've hit the two year mark and this is definitely the week of remembrance, but seeing the community come forward in such a way to pay it forward to the next community, is amazing" says Massey.

Calvary Chapel Joplin :

http://www.calvarychapeljoplin.com/

 United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas :

http://www.unitedwayswmosek.org/

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