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Selling ornaments and giving trees to tornado victims


The group Raising Hope For Joplin is selling Joplin inspired ornaments to raise money, so that families who lost everything, will receive Christmas trees.

Misty Bauer and her family were renting a home off 32nd until the tornado destroyed it.  Now they live in a FEMA trailer.

Families like the Bauer's are what gave Lori Jones the idea to sell Christmas ornaments.

"Me putting out my Christmas ornaments and my heart broke for all the families, and that is a wonderful day for my family, is going to be different for a lot of families this year," says Jones, of Raising Hope For Joplin.

The proceeds of the Christmas ornaments will go to buy Christmas trees for those who lost their homes and everything else in the tornado like the Bauer family did.

The ornaments feature a family in a home with a Christmas tree, as the walls are built around them.

"The design kind of came out of us stopping and taking a moment to search our hearts and find a common theme or element that would tie together what we are all feeling," says Ben McNelly, the co-owner of Pulse Interactive.

Misty Bauer says her Christmas Wish is for her family to receive a tree, but she also plans on giving back to those who have helped them.

"I do think that is great because we can go buy some and for all the help that everyone has given us, you know, we can kind of give back," says Bauer.

The Bauer family hope that returning the favor will help build a stronger community.

To order an ornament visit www.raisinghopeforjoplin.com.  You can also stop by the Front Line Apparel kiosk at Northpark Mall.

The ornaments will arrive October 10th.

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