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LA woman from Joplin helps with tornado relief effort

May 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The massive storm that devoured Joplin, Mo., left at least 116 people dead and turned entire neighborhoods into ruins.

One local woman is stepping in to help the people suffering after one of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history.

For Carrie Cusack, the images of devastation caused by the deadly tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, her hometown, are beyond belief.

While she feels fortunate her mother survived, Cusack is heartbroken over a friend that's missing and the many friends who lost everything.

Cusack said 100 percent of mud pie sales at her restaurant, Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop at 8310 W. 3rd Street in Los Angeles, will go to the Red Cross for the relief effort in Joplin.

"Hopefully everyone in the neighborhood, everyone in L.A., can make it over to 3rd Street," she said. "Pick up a mud pie and all the money will go to help the people in Joplin."

As an executive chef, Cusack says her mud pies are a customer favorite.

Carrie says mud pies range in price from $2.50 and up, depending on the size of the pie.

"This is near and dear to my heart because it's my home," she added. "It's where I go home for Christmas. My family is there and it is where all my memories are."

If you would like to donate to the relief efforts to help the victims of the massive tornadoes, including the ones that struck Joplin, Missouri, click here.


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