Joplin http://michiganradio.org en Help for Joplin, Michigan judge organizing relief convoy to Missouri http://michiganradio.org/post/help-joplin-michigan-judge-organizing-relief-convoy-missouri <p>Jodi Debbrecht, Waterford&rsquo;s 51<sup>st</sup> District Court Judge, is organizing a donation drive to help the city of Joplin, Missouri.</p><p>On an Oakland County website &quot;<a href="http://www.oakgov.com/jodihelpsjoplin/">Judge Jodi Helps Joplin</a>&quot; Debbrecht writes about her personal connection to the Joplin area:</p><blockquote><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Like many in southeast Michigan, I was overcome with emotion when I saw the television images of the devastation from the tornado that touched down in Joplin, Missouri. For me, Joplin&rsquo;s violent weather literally struck close to home. I grew up in Missouri, and would frequently vacation with my family in the Joplin area and many of my relatives still live in Missouri.</font></font></p></blockquote><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Main Street Oakland County&rsquo;s Manager, Bob Donohue, is helping organize the donation effort. Donohue has been in touch with </font></font>the <a href="http://www.oakgov.com/jodihelpsjoplin/help/">Mayor of Joplin, Mike Woolston, who provided a list</a> of things needed. The list includes everything from wheelbarrows, to pet food, to power tools.</p><p>They&#39;ll collect the items at <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/jodihelpsjoplin_drop_off_locations.pdf">11 drop off centers around Oakland County</a>.</p><p style="margin-left:-22.5pt;">Absent these items, Mayor Woolston said money would be the biggest help:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: -22.5pt;">&quot;We&rsquo;re benefiting from tremendous generosity from people all over the country, but if people can give cash, that&rsquo;s the best way to help us right now.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp">Missouri Department of Public Safety</a> has set up a website directing people to where they can donate.</p><p>And if you want to volunteer in the Joplin area, you can find more information from the <a href="http://www.stl.unitedway.org/getinvolved/volunteercenter/volunteer/joplin.aspx">United Way</a>. Tue, 31 May 2011 19:05:09 +0000 Mark Brush 2692 at http://michiganradio.org Help for Joplin, Michigan judge organizing relief convoy to Missouri Michigan's Red Cross prepared to send volunteers to Joplin http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-red-cross-prepared-send-volunteers-joplin <p>The Red Cross of Washtenaw County is prepared to send volunteers to Joplin, Mo. where a tornado killed at least 117 people. The Red Cross chapter in Ann Arbor is already deploying one of its 150 volunteers to the disaster area.</p><p>Ashley Cieslinski is the Emergency Services Director of Washtenaw County&rsquo;s Red Cross. She says Red Cross chapters across Michigan are prepared to help with relief efforts.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:26:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2626 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Red Cross prepared to send volunteers to Joplin