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Gospel Music Channel’s ‘Uplift Someone America Tour’ bus visits Joplin

The Gospel Music Channel visits Joplin to give donations to those affected by the tornado.

“When you’re talking to families that have been through so much lately and you just say ‘hey, I just want to offer you a word of encouragement’ it goes a long way,” says Angela Cannon of Uplift Someone America.

The Uplift Someone America tour bus is also going a long way to donate to communities in need.

GMC teamed up with feed the children and the Salvation Army in Joplin to offer food and personal items to storm victims.

Joplin resident Scott Olsen says help from those at GMC’s Uplift Someone tour and the Salvation Army make him feel like he’s not forgotten.

“There’s about 45,000 people so we lost a good (cries) chunk of our neighbors so it really means a lot,” says Olson.

Salvation Army leaders say the number of those in need in the Joplin area has increased since May 22, making it important for organizations like GMC to assist in relief efforts.

“A lot of the clientele that we’re seeing we’ve never seen before because they were families that weren’t in need but it’s a lesson for all of us to learn that in a moments notice we could all be in need,” says Joplin Salvation Army Captain Jason Poff.

Along with donating food GMC handed out bracelets reminding people to pay it forward.

“The Uplift Someone America Tour will stop at 20 different U.S. cities to inspire people to do kind and simple acts for one another.”

GMC says they are fortunate to help recovering cities like Joplin but that people are in need everywhere.

“We know that people may have been hit and are having a hard time because of the tornado but people are going through hard times everyday,” says Cannon.  “Whether it’s job loss, or you know, there’s tons of things that happen everyday.”

“It’s a God-send really without some of these organizations I really don’t know what I’d do,” says Olson.

The GMC Uplift Someone America bus started in New York in April and will wrap up their tour in Atlanta next month.


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