The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Donate & volunteer

May 27, 2011

DONATE: More donations pour into Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Food-4-Less will donate $25,000 to disaster relief in Joplin following Sunday’s tornado.

“Food-4-Less has a store in Joplin and we want to participate in the recovery,” John Watson, store supervisor, said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered.”

Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems, said in a statement that he will donate salon kits and products valued up to $100,000 to help Joplin salon professionals restart their business. He is to be at State Beauty Supply, 530 Virginia Ave., at 11 a.m. today.

Shami, who got his start in Joplin, said the kits are necessary for any salon professional looking to restart, and added: “People need hope and a sense of normalcy after such disasters.”

Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield has sent seven tractor-trailers loaded with supplies to Joplin. The supplies are valued at more than $45,000. The donations included 800 boxes of cookies from the Girl Scouts, $1,156 collected from Bingham Elementary School and $31 from a small child, some of which was kept in a small plastic Easter egg.

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