Published: May 25, 2011 7:10 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2011 7:15 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Beginning Thursday morning, you can help the tornado victims.

The Friends of Cape Coral is hosting a fundraiser at the Royal Key Bar located at 1306 Cape Coral Parkway East on Cape Coral Parkway.

Starting at 7 a.m., they will be collecting bottled water and diapers to help victims in Joplin, Missouri and other areas affected by tornadoes.

James Purin, one of the organizers, said they started planning the fundraiser late Tuesday.

"Doing what we do for the Cape it is natural for us,"  Purin said about the devastated areas in the Midwest. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see it on TV. It's there. It's real and it's our brothers and sisters. Let's keep at home for a change."

Volunteers will be standing by to collect your donations, which will be put in a trailer and hauled off to the Midwest.

The fundraiser lasts all day into the night.