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Joplin residents asked to help with flower bulb planting, and later donation to Oklahoma

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF JOPLIN:

As citizens of Joplin learned following the May 22, 2011 tornado,help comes in many ways from goodhearted people working with unique projects.Now, the City of Joplin is partnering on a special effort to help Oklahomaresidents affected by recent tornados and is asking area residents to lend notjust a hand – but their green thumbs to make it happen.

Joplin Parks and Recreation has received approximately 26 palletsof flower bulbs from America Responds With Love, Inc. City officials understandthat the impacted cities in Oklahoma cannot accept this number of bulbspresently, so they are requesting area residents to pick up bulbs from theParks office, plant them in their yards or business properties, and then beprepared to dig them up in spring 2014 when we will join together in donatingthese bulbs to Oklahoma to help them beautify their recovering communities.

"Joplin received so much support with volunteers and donations,"said City Manager Mark Rohr. "This is one way our residents can help pay itforward, plus we can benefit from the beautiful flowers here this summer."

The summer-blooming bulbs will likely start to green and flowerlater this summer, probably in August if planted in the next few weeks.Citizens can pick up the bulbs from the Joplin Parks and Rec offices at 3010West 1st Street, (just west of Schifferdecker) from 12 noon to 5p.m. starting Wednesday, June 26. They will be available through Friday, June28. The public should bring their own containers, bags, and/or buckets to carrythe bulbs home.

Persons picking up the bulbs will be asked to provide their nameand contact information so the City can contact them in early 2014 to preparefor the donation of bulbs to Moore and central Oklahoma communities in spring2014.

"This is a very large project and we really would appreciate thearea residents to get involved in this donation effort," said Chris Cotten,Parks Director. "We remember the large gift of flower bulbs we received lastyear, and it really provided many with an opportunity to replant flower gardensand beautify their yards. Many of the blooms in our community were from thisgift. Now we have a chance to help Oklahoma."

Cotten said that groups and organizations are also welcome to pickup the bulbs to plant on their property. "With this many bulbs, we are going toneed many people to get involved in this project."

Several pallets will be headed to Oklahoma in upcoming weeks.Moore and Shawnee parks departments will use some, and then also make themavailable to their outlying communities to help their beautification efforts.

Following the 2011 tornado, the cities of Joplin and Duquesnereceived a large donation of bulbs from America Responds with Love and offeredthese to area residents.

"In the planting of bulbs we are focused on the future and how thecommunities will be building back during the upcoming months," said RichardMcDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of America Responds With Love,Inc.  "The citizens of Joplin and the area can show their support forOklahoma's recovery by giving these bulbs a chance to bloom in Joplin and thenoffer them to Oklahoma citizens so they can bloom in their communities andbrighten their future with beautiful flowers. It truly is a great symbol ofhope moving from one community to another."

America Responds With Love, Inc. is a non-profit organization thatprovides products and services to people truly in need throughout the UnitedStates. To learn more about America Responds With Love, go to www.respondwithlove.org

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