The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 10, 2012

Kindness T-shirts show support for local Muslims

The man behind the Restore Joplin T-shirts has designed another T-shirt that provides a way for wearers to show their support for local Muslims following the burning of the Islamic Society of Joplin’s mosque early Monday morning.

The mosque was destroyed by the fire. Authorities haven’t determined a cause, but have labeled the fire suspicious. A July 4 fire at the mosque, which caused minor damage, was intentionally set. The FBI and other federal and local police agencies are investigating the fire. The mosque also was the victim of a suspicious fire in 2008 when someone tried to burn the mosque’s sign.

Bart Paden, who designed the Restore Joplin shirts after the May 22, 2011 tornado and the new shirts, said they will be sold at cost of $6. Unlike the Restore Joplin shirts, no proceeds will go toward any fundraising effort. Paden said the shirts simply are a way to make a statement of support.

“We feel it’s an important thing,” Paden said. “They’re our friends. Joplin needs to stand together. We’re with you. We care about you. We need unity. They need to be shown kindness.”

The shirt includes the familiar Restore Joplin logo — an image of a bandaged broken heart — with the word “Kindness.”

People may buy the shirts locally on Monday or Tuesday at Binky Guy Textiles, 512 N. Main St. They can also be ordered through the Restore Joplin website at restorejoplin.com for $6, plus shipping costs.

There also is a Facebook site, facebook.com/restorejoplin

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