Volunteers Doc Murphy, from Joplin, and Heather Berryhill, from Waterloo, S.C., use a backhoe Sunday to demolish what remains of a home belonging to Scott Vorhees in a devastated Joplin, Mo., neighborhood. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city a week ago damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 139 people. AP photo/Charlie Riedel
• Special to the Leader & Times
Nearly $15,000 collected in the first few days, thanks to the generosity of customers and employees
In response to the deadly tornados in Joplin, Mo., and Reading, Dillon Stores and its media partners are providing an easy way for customers and employees to make donations at all Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes and Food-4-Less (Fremont, Neb.) locations across Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, right at the check-stand, and 100 percent of the contributions collected will benefit the Red Cross’ tornado relief efforts.
Customers and employees may give a cash donation or round-up their order to the nearest dollar at the register, when doing their regular grocery shopping at any Dillons, Baker’s or Gerbes location.
Since the donation drive began on Tuesday, nearly $15,000 has been collected for the Red Cross, thanks to the generosity of customers and employees.
Along with supporting the donation drive, the company has provided a semi-truck load of supplies including bottled water, paper products, and snack items to the Joplin Red Cross Command Center this past Monday morning, in ongoing support of the Joplin Community. Dillon Stores has also provided a shipment of bottle water to support efforts in Reading, as well.
“The generosity of our customers and associates is truly remarkable,” said Sheila Lowrie, Dillon Stores Spokeswoman. “Time and time again, our customers and employees step forward to help when disasters strike. Together with the Red Cross, we can reach out a hand to tornado victims who so desperately need our help. Every donation counts and we thank our customers and associates for their support.”
Customers may also join in helping the tornado victims by making a direct donation by visiting their local Red Cross. Donations can also be accepted online and through cell phone text messaging:
o Online: Visit www.dillons.com, www.bakersplus.com, or www.gerbes.com and click on Disaster Relief to make an online donation for the American Red Cross relief efforts through their secure Web site.
o Cell phone: Use a cell phone to make a donation. When donors text “REDCROSS” to 90999, a $10 charge will be billed to their cell phone as a donation to the American Red Cross.