Donation jars put out to help tornado victims

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

May 24, 2011 at 12:24 a.m.

In an effort to raise money for tornado and flood victims in Joplin, Mo., LULAC District 10 Director Benny Martinez is placing jars in Goliad businesses.

Monies raised will be donated to the American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter, who will distribute the funds to families in need.

"We know those people are hurting over there. We want to help the Red Cross," Martinez said.

Jars will be put out in Goliad businesses and restaurants this week, such as Dairy Queen, Super S and Jorgie's Pizzeria, but Martinez is hoping other businesses in neighboring counties will follow suit and help take up a collection.

"I hope other stores will do the same thing," he said. "I'm putting out about eight jars, and more if stores will let me."

Donation jars will be set up for about 10 days, and Martinez said checks can be made out to the Red Cross directly.

As a longtime resident of Goliad, Martinez reflected on the 1902 tornado that killed 114 and injured 250 people.

"We received help from all over when that happened. They were nice to us and now we can help others," he said.

Businesses and individuals interested in helping raise money for tornado and flood victims are welcome to call him directly at 361-645-1386.

"Those people there really need our help," Martinez said.



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