The Route 66 International Festival is bringing thousands of people to the area, which benefits many local businesses. One Joplin restaurant is helping raise money for a homeless shelter during a season when money is tight and fundraising can be challenging.
On Friday Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs is hosting a fundraising event for Souls Harbor in Joplin.
They did not add an extra charge, instead, Instant Karma is donating 10% of proceeds raised through Friday to the ministry.
"We have lots of needs, we have our electric bill, all the funds that are donated to Souls Harbor are taking care of Souls Harbor," says shelter manager Jan Burres.
"We do what we can to meet whatever needs are out there," says Souls Harbor Director Georgia Jones.
Summertime brings additional expenses, but with fundraiser's like this it can make the bill a little bit easier.
Souls Harbor kitchen serves meals to more than 30 people daily.
With food, electricity usage and other supplies expenses add up as a kitchen remodel gets underway.
With the large crowds of people in town for the Route 66 Festival each purchase can go a long way.
"The community is vital to us, for our fundraiser's, for our donations to churches and the rest of the community, and that's who supports us and keeps us going," says Burres.
Burres says the shelter needed $30,000 this year. So far donations are topping $29,000.