'It amazes me': Support for Diemel family grows; brothers missing for over a week
HORTONVILLE - People are continuing to show their support for the Diemel brothers, finding ways to help the family financially and show support.
The latest effort has already drawn attention from hundreds across the nation.
Nicholas Diemel, 34, and Justin Diemel, 24, have not been heard from since July 21, when they went to meet with a client near Braymer, Missouri. The two Shawano County brothers, who own Diemel's Livestock in Navarino, routinely travel to meet with farmers.
On Friday, the Clinton County (Mo.) sheriff said the missing persons case was now a death investigation. On Monday, the sheriff said they were still searching for the brothers and no new information was released Tuesday. A Missouri man linked to the brothers is in jail on a vehicle tampering charge.
Logo to benefit family
A logo created by a family friend has been shared on social media since the brothers' disappearance and is now being used on shirts, hats, stickers and other items to raise money for the brothers' family.
Jeremy Lee, a close friend and childhood neighbor of Nick and Justin Diemel, created the logo to show support for the brothers and their families. He posted it on Facebook as his profile picture for others to share when the Diemels were reported missing.
He then connected with Jill Kramer, the owner of Fox Cities Embroidery, who put together merchandise for an online store. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the family.
"It's still unreal, it came out of nowhere," Lee said. "I know the family needs time and I don't want them to have to worry about financial burdens, too."
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The items went on sale at 4:30 p.m. Monday. In just a few hours, hundreds of orders were already made and more than thousands of shares were made on Facebook.
"I didn't think it was going to be as big as it had been already," Lee said. "I think it's only going to keep blowing up and it'll be good for the family."
People can put in orders online until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
They are also asking people to use it as their profile picture online to show their support for the Diemel family.
The fundraiser is one of several ways the area has shown its support of the family.
The Wisconsin Whiskey Barrel Company is auctioning off a table and giving "100% of the proceeds" to the Diemel Brothers Benefit fund. The auction for the whiskey barrel patio table ends at 5 p.m. Thursday.
An 11-year-old boy donated proceeds from a pig he sold during the Outagamie County Fair's livestock auction.
More than 30,000 people have signed up to the "Prayers for Nick Diemel and Justin Diemel" Facebook page.
"It amazes me the amount of people that are giving to this family," said Jill Kramer of Fox Cities Embroidery. "It's not just local. They are getting support nationwide."
How to help
Those who wish to help the family can donate to the Diemel Brothers Benefit at Community First Credit Union. This is the only fundraiser authorized by the family, according to a post in the Facebook group.
Checks can be made payable to the Diemel Brothers Benefit and sent to:
Community First Credit Union
P.O. Box 1487
Appleton, WI 54912-1487
Contact Benita Mathew at (920) 309-3428 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @benita_mathew.