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Downtown Joplin Alliance Seeks Dollar Donations as Part of Fundraising Campaign

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The Downtown Joplin Alliance asks the thousands of visitors to Third Thursday to pay it forward and keep the Joplin tradition alive.

In recent years the non-profit received money through the city, but this year that's not the case.

"Downtown Joplin Alliance is a standalone non-profit. We live on donations. We live on the investments and support of the community,” says DJA Executive Director Callie Hudson.

The group has kicked off its summer fundraising campaign, “dgeThirty-Five Days of Summer,” asking for dollar donations.

"We're hoping that people want it to continue enough that they can get a little skin in the game and by that I mean a dollar a person. And I feel like that's something we can all do."

For many downtown businesses like new women's clothing store Sophie, the event helps to connect businesses with customers.

"Maybe they don't live close to downtown, they don't work downtown. So this may be the only time they make it down here to be able to discover new businesses and new things,” says Sophie owner Ashley Wakefield.

And for newcomers to Joplin like Rachel Grindle she says the event has helped her find community in her new home.

"I don't think it's too much to ask for everybody to give a dollar so that we can keep having fun Third Thursdays together as a community,” says Grindle.

The money raised not only goes to keeping Third Thursdays afloat the rest of the season but also to the organization run as a whole.

Hudson says "Our mission is to support the downtown quarter. We believe that this is the heartbeat of our city. And that the ripple effect economically can be felt from the downtown area. So we want to make sure that we preserve the historical area.'

For more information or if you'd like to donate, you can do so on the DJA website.

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