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Helping hands

Monday, July 25, 2011

Garrett Pryor, at left, and Noel Ceniceros, at right, display the collection cannisters they distributed around Monett to gather donations for tornado relief in Joplin. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Two Monett Middle School students, Garrett Pryor and Noel Ceniceros moved quickly to extend a helping hand to the victims of the May 22 tornado in Joplin.

Unable to go to Joplin personally to help, they organized a donation system, placing cannisters at Stars Restaurant, Denali Dreams, Mocha Jo's, Peppers and Company, Grant's restaurant, Save-A-Lot, the Plaza 8 Cinema and Acambaro Restaurant within the first week after the storm.

Pryor and Ceniceros were visible during Monett's Strawberry Festival gathering donations and have now completed their drive, gathering $2,118.76.

A cashier's check for the total has been sent to Convoy of Hope.

Strawberry Festival chairman Shaun Bennett praised the boys for their initiative.

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