Two with Jefferson City ties helping to raise funds for Joplin victims

Josh Hart, left, with “Spider-Man David” Berumen.

Josh Hart, left, with “Spider-Man David” Berumen.

Two days after the tornado ripped through Joplin in late May, former Jefferson City resident Josh Hart called his friend in California who had a family member in Joplin.

Hart learned the family member was unharmed, but her sister lost her 9-year-old-son, and her 4-yearold-son was in intensive care.

“I tried to go to bed with those thoughts in my head,” said Hart, a traveling singer/songwriter.

The next morning, Hart calculated his fuel costs from his home in Bend, Ore., to Joplin, planning on taking his 1992 Dodge Caravan across the country to help in whatever way he could.

Before leaving for Joplin, he wanted to give the people of Oregon a chance to donate items ....

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