Following this past weekend's deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo., resident comic shop proprietors Jason A. Hurley and his brother Nathan have been working to serve their community any way they can. Their store, Hurley's Heroes Comic & Games has been open to the public as a sort of refuge stocked with bottled water and canned food all week and now the brothers along with customer volunteers have begun reaching out further by distributing donated all-ages comics to the children displaced by the tornado in area shelters. See how you can help donate to their effort after the jump.From Hurley's full outreach e-mail:

This is a call to publishers, distributors, stores, anyone who has all ages books they would like to donate.

My name is Jason A. Hurley, my brother and I own a comic shop called Hurley's Heroes in Joplin, Missouri. This last weekend, Joplin was hit by a deadly tornado that wiped out a huge chunk of town. Several hundred, perhaps even thousands, of families were put out of their homes. Now, hundreds of children are stuck inside huge shelters, and no doubt bored out of their minds. We've taken a few books from the store to a shelter nearby, and they were greatly appreciated. I've been inspired, and I want to make this effort bigger.

I have plenty of people, mostly my loyal customers, willing to distribute these books far and wide to the various shelters around town. Now, I need books to distribute. If anyone out there has all ages comics that they would be willing to donate to this cause, you can just send them to me, and I'll get them out to the shelters.

Hurley's Heroes

1515 W. 10th

Ste. C

Joplin, MO 64801

As reported at Blog@, Archaia Comics, artists Skottie Young and Scott Morse and others have already joined the effort with both comics and monetary donations.

For updates on Hurley's Heroes' efforts, you can follow the store's Twitter feed.