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Website Name Change for Helping Joplin, Mo. Residents; Revised Farmington Drop-off Location

Public Date: 6/6/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- The website to help victims of the Joplin, Missouri tornado has changed to OaklandCountyHelpsJoplin.com. In addition, there is a revised drop-off site for the City of Farmington. Donated items should be dropped off at Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty Street.

On Tuesday, May 31, Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator Bob Donohue and 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht, a native of Missouri, announced how residents of southeast Michigan can help the victims of the tornado that destroyed most of Joplin, Missouri.

The website contains a list of supplies needed for donation and drop-off locations in the Main Street Oakland County communities. A caravan led by Donohue and Debbrecht will depart Oakland County on June 16, 2011 to deliver the donated supplies to Joplin, Missouri by June 17, 2011 to aid in its recovery efforts.

With a little more than a week left, the response from southeast Michigan residents has been encouraging, but there is still work to be done to reach the goal of filling at least four semi-trailers.

Here is a reminder of the supplies requested by Joplin, Missouri Mayor Mike Woolston:

  • 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
  • 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
Please note that Woolston says they do not need water. They have more than ample supply of water that already has been donated. The collection points are located in the following Main Street Oakland County communities:

 Community  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


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