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Even with this week’s news reports and graphic scenes from Joplin, the terrible losses and destruction are impossible to fully appreciate. Our hearts go out to our team members and citizens alike who are coping with such unimaginable devastation.
DineEquity, the parent company for Applebee's and IHOP, is providing support to several organizations:
Additionally, the Restaurant Support Centers are each organizing fundraisers for team members to contribute to the relief effort.
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As we learn more about the devastation from the Joplin tornado, our thoughts continue to go out to the entire community.
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This situation affects many of our team members, colleagues and partners and it is important to us to mobilize quickly to provide support. Here's an update on what we’re doing on the ground to help out affected residents of Joplin and the nearby communities:
Above all, we are working to locate team members we still haven't located and keeping them and their family in our thoughts and prayers.
Team Member Assistance
We sent a convoy of assistance – a generator, mobile-hand washing stations, cases of water and other sanitation supplies – to Joplin yesterday. We also sent Walmart gift cards (one Walmart remains open in Joplin) to provide team members with immediate assistance on basic needs. We are also providing direct financial assistance to team members to help with immediate needs.
Internal Corporate Fundraiser
At the Applebee's corporate office, we’re conducting an internal fundraiser to help with relief efforts. The Red Cross is identifying the most needed items and we will facilitate a drop box/drive at our corporate office.
On the Ground in Joplin
We've learned that the tornado missed the Applebee's restaurant by 200 yards. Despite its proximity, the restaurant is structurally sound. Today, we sent eight team members from Kansas City and four from Springfield to provide further assistance.
As we continue to ascertain the needs of those in the area, we will update you. We continue to thank our team members, support staff and our guests for helping to mobilize to help our neighbors in need.
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