Many of you know that I grew up in St. Louis Missouri. Earlier this year I was in St. Louis visiting family for Easter and a tornado tore through part of the city. It destroyed a couple of neighborhoods and a good portion of the airport. I was driving home with my sister and her family when we heard the tornado sirens go off. We had no idea if we were supposed to pull over and find shelter or if we should try to make it the rest of the way home and head to their basement. There was a lot of property damage in the area and they had to shut down the airport for a couple of days. Luckily, no one was killed.
When a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri a few weeks later it was much, much, worse. The town was leveled and many people lost their lives. It was horrible. I've joined with a group that is helping to raise money for the victims in Joplin, MO. They've set up an online auction with tons of great stuff. I donated a set visit to The Office. We normally have a closed set - which means no visitors - and we don't film in front of an audience. We open our doors and invite people to visit when it is for a good cause like this.
As part of the set visit you get to watch a live rehearsal, sit in the green room while we tape several scenes, you eat lunch on set (it's huge buffet with tons of different food stations like you might see in Vegas), you get a private tour of the set, the warehouse, our editing facility, you get to see Dwight's car and take photos. The cast always stops by for photos and to say thank you for coming out. So please head over to the site and bid. All of the money we raise goes to the folks in Joplin.
There are a ton of great things up for auction - a Meet and Greet with Coldplay, Tickets to a Tim McGraw concert, tons of autographed sports stuff - it might be a nice way to do some early Christmas shopping! If you are anything like my Mom she has everything bought for Christmas by July 4th.
Thanks for checking it out!