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Restaurant owner taking food to Joplin

Brian Choy, owner of When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que, plans to arrive in Joplin, Mo., just in time for dinner tonight.

Since Choy thought of the idea to fill a trailer with food and water for tornado victims, he said he hasn't stopped thinking about it.

He plans to bring 800 hot dogs with cases of water and as much food as he can bring from the restaurant. After filling a trailer, he plans to set up a tent and start serving dinner.

"We're cooking as much as we can to take up there," he said.

People wanting to help can donate cases of bottled water, personal hygiene items or cash to the restaurant at 7011 W. Central, Suite 116, by 1 p.m. today.

Catholic Charities collecting donations

Catholic Charities is collecting water, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, non-perishable foods, diapers and formula, cash and gift cards to Walmart and Dillons for tornado victims.

Catholic Charities will deliver the items to a satellite office in Pittsburg, which is already helping people in the affected areas.

To help, deliver donations to 437 N. Topeka from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through noon Tuesday, excluding Sunday.

State coordinating assistance for Joplin

Kansas emergency and law enforcement personnel have responded to the disaster situation in Joplin, Mo., through coordination from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Johnson County Med-Act employees are returning to Kansas after deploying for Joplin on Monday, according to a news release. Five ambulances, 10 crew members, a utility vehicle and one supervisor are returning after completing their mission.

Six KBI agents and several police and sheriff's officers from southeast Kansas also deployed to assist Joplin law enforcement.

Kansas provided the support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is an interstate, mutual-aid agreement.

Andover police collecting donations

A drop box in the lobby of the Andover Police Department, 909 N. Andover Road, is available for people wanting to donate supplies to Joplin, Mo.

The box is in the lobby on the east side of the dispatch window and is available 24 hours a day.

A truck will deliver the items to Joplin on Friday. Accepted donations include: food; water; hygiene supplies like shampoo, soap, combs, brushes, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste; baby supplies like diapers, wipes, formula and food; gently used clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, toys, books and crayons. Money that is donated will be used to purchase more items.

Company to donate personal-care items

Wholesale Beauty Club will donate shampoo, conditioner, combs and brushes and other personal care items to tornado victims in Joplin.

President Tom Bowles said the company, which has its corporate headquarters in Wichita, operates a store in Joplin.

"We will do what we can to help as the community rebuilds,'' Bowles said in a statement.

—Sarah Rajewski

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