Camille, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and senior graphic design major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her friend Jessica Hill, a Joplin High School graduate who will begin studies in the MSSU nursing program this fall, are selling t-shirts to raise money for the tornado victims.
Immediately following the tornado on May 20, the girls decided that they wanted to help first-hand. Jessica came up with the name “Mission Moore.”
The t-shirts, which Camille designed, are being sold for $15 each. The design on the shirt says, “Lend a Hand & Pay it Forward: Mission Moore.” All proceeds will directly benefit the families who lost everything in the May 20 tornado.
Dr. Cragin says his daughter’s motivation to create and sell the shirts is driven from her own experiences two years ago in Joplin.
“My daughter arrived at her mother’s house, two blocks from St. John’s, only minutes after the tornado,” Dr. Cragin recalls. “The two houses across the street were completely gone and her house was heavily damaged.”
Proceeds from the shirts will be used to buy gift cards for the victims, as well as help fund a cleanup and rebuilding trip for members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church youth group in July.
During a trip in late June, the girls will provide water and ice cream to families and relief workers.
“We remember how much those small gestures made our days when we felt grief and disbelief,” Dr. Cragin says. “The girls want to help the people there recover and give them hope.”
T-shirts are available in sizes from small to XXL.
In photo: (l to r) Jessica Hill, Scott Cragin, Camille Cragin