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A store owner donates it's contents to Joplin residents

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-A Region 8 business will soon be closing it's doors for good, but the owner is using it as an opportunity to help others.

The Clutter Bug Consignment Shop on East Nettleton in Jonesboro is going out of business.

Owner of the store, Dana Totty, says she decided to make something good out of a bad situation.

"I am going out of business due to personal reasons and I want to take what's left in the store and send it to the tornado victims in Joplin because of the devastation that they're going through."

Dana says helping your neighbors is something her mother taught her that she lives by.

"You know, we've all had tragedies in our families and I just hate that the people have gone through what they've gone through. And this is the least that we can do is try and get some things up there for these families that don't have anything."

Dana says she can relate to what the people of Joplin are going through.

"I've had family that has had problems in the past and I know what they've had to go through with tornadoes, and with fire and even with hurricanes. So, I know what these people are going through on a personal basis."

It's for that reason that Dana decided to give away everything left in her store.

"At least I have a place to live and I have food to eat. I have a roof over my head. I hate that I'm going out of business, but the main thing is getting this to people that need it."

Just because Dana's store is closing doesn't mean people can't still stop by to help or make a donation.

"If people want to bring in stuff right now they can. They're more than welcome to bring stuff in. Anything we can to help these people up there, that's what we're trying to do."

Dana says people can make donations through Saturday.

Someone should be at the store during it's regular business hours.

If someone isn't available, Dana says they will be checking the store periodically for drop offs.

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