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Southeast Michigan Residents Can Aid Joplin, Missouri Victims

Public Date: 5/31/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- Waterford's 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht and Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator Bob Donohue announced today how residents of southeast Michigan can help families who are victims of the deadly tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri.

"I grew up in Missouri and we took our family vacations in the Joplin area," said Debbrecht. "When I saw the images of the damage there and heard the words of the survivors, I was overcome with emotion - I felt I had to help. So, I called Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and he put me in touch with his Main Street Oakland County program."

Communities in the Main Street Oakland County program will host collection points for approximately two weeks for the following supplies:

  • Portable  power generators
  • Heavy duty extension cords (all sizes)
  • Construction lighting
  • Electric fans (all sizes)
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Garden rakes and shovels
  • New or used power tools (circular saws, drills, chop saws, miter saws, nail guns, etc.)
  • Dust masks, work gloves and eye safety goggles
  • Construction safety grade hard hats
  • Contractor grade garbage bags
  • Plastic storage containers (all sizes)
  • Tarps and bungee cords
  • Ropes (all sizes)
  • Pet food
  • And children's books
"This list of needs comes straight from Joplin's mayor, Mike Woolston," said Donohue. "We know Joplin - a former Main Street community itself - needs these supplies and will put them to good use in order to help its residents and businesses recover."

The collection points are located in the following Main Street Oakland County communities. The addresses are:

Drop-off site address
Farmington City Hall
23600 Liberty Street
Ferndale – Simply Self Storage
181 West Marshall
Franklin Village Hall
32325 Franklin Road
Highland Fire Station No. 1
250 West Livingston Road
Holly DPW
201 Elm Street
Lake Orion DDA 
51 North Broadway
Ortonville DPW 
159 Cedar
Oxford DDA
22 West Burdick
Rochester DPW
1141 North Wilcox
Walled Lake DPW 
718 North Pontiac Trail
Oakland County Government
1 Public Works Drive, Building 95 West, Waterford

Woolston told Donohue they do not need any donations of water because they have already received more water than they need. But Mayor Woolston did emphasize that what they need most is money.

"We're benefitting from tremendous generosity from people all over the country," Woolston told Donohue. "But if people can give cash, that's the best way to help us right now."

Monetary donations may be made to "Jodi Helps Joplin" at the Oakland County Credit Union, 1375 North Oakland Boulevard, Waterford, Michigan 48327. Oakland County Credit Union President & CEO Allan McMorris made the first donation of $1,000 today on behalf of the credit union. All donations will go directly to help with the recovery of the Joplin tornado victims. Donations are not tax deductible.

For more information, go to or follow the effort on Twitter @JodiHelpsJoplin.

This is not the first time Main Street Oakland County has assisted other communities confronting a natural disaster. Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator Bob Donohue organized a relief convoy for Hattiesburg, Mississippi - another Main Street community - after Hurricane Katrina. Donohue and Judge Debbrecht, who still has family in Missouri, will lead the convoy to Joplin, Missouri. Mayor Woolston has asked for supplies donated by southeast Michigan to arrive on June 17, 2011.

About Main Street Oakland County (MSOC): Under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County established the first county-level Main Street program in the United States in February 2000.  MSOC is an economic development program specifically targeted to provide technical assistance to the 30 traditional downtowns in the county.  These historic commercial districts have a unique sense of place which, as a part of a national trend, is becoming increasingly popular as places to do business, shop, dine, live and experience family activities. MSOC is housed within Oakland County's Department of Community & Economic Development.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048.

Joplin Before & After Photos