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Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland sends its thoughts and prayers to the citizens in Joplin and

surrounding areas that were impacted by last night’s devastating storms. We are heartened to

see such quick response and interest in helping from our members and friends throughout the

country.

Below is a list of response opportunities and supporting agencies:

 

VOLUNTEERING

 

Emergency officials are asking sightseers to stay away from the area while the damage is

assessed. To volunteer, contact one of the following agencies:

 

United Way: 417-625-3543

211 Missouri: 211 or 1-800-427-4626

 

For nurses or doctors looking to help, call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the

Red Cross or visit https://showmeresponse.org/.

 

MONETARY DONATIONS

 

American Red Cross

Mail: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013

or 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, 65803

Online: http://www.redcross-ozarks.org/donate/

Phone: 866-206-0256.

Text: REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charged to your cell phone bill).

Convoy of Hope

Text: “convoy” to 50555 to make a $10 donation

Online: https://donate.convoyofhope.org/sslpage.aspx

Heart of Missouri United Way

Text “Joplin” to 864833 to donate $10 (charged to your cell phone bill).

 

Salvation Army

Text “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation (charged to your cell phone bill); you will need to reply “yes” when prompted.

 

Springfield Banks: Guaranty Bank, Bancorp South, Empire Bank, Great Southern, Metropolitan Bank, US Bank, Oakstar Bank, Liberty Bank, Springfield First Community Bank

 

 

ITEM DONATIONS

 

Joplin is currently overwhelmed by unsolicited in-kind donations. Please be sure to ONLY donate items that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

 

 KOAM TV has posted a spreadsheet of known area drop-off locations: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au8YYie-Ky7kdDdGcFhFNjFfMnZCQW45ZlFfUWtRS0E&hl=en_US#gid=0

 

Arma, Kansas:

USD 246 Board Office

(Items needed: shoes/flip-flop style, toiletries, bottled water and nonperishable

food)

Pittsburg, Kansas:

First Church of the Nazarene, 819 E. Quincy, 620-231-0658

Springfield, MO:

Ozarks Food Harvest: www.ozarksfoodharvest.org(Non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, paper products)

 

Habitat for Humanity: 2410 South Scenic (ReStore) or 1161 West Division(Blankets, water, nonperishable foods, medical supplies)

 

OTC Springfield Campus (National/Chestnut – trucks7 AM -9 PM through Thursday) (non-perishable food, water, blankets, boxes, and more)

 

Springfield Jaycees (toiletry items): 

Jacob Krizan, Casey Real Estate, 205 Park Central  East (The Holland Building) or

Elijah Haahr, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., 4650 S. National, Suite D-2

 

Southwest Missouri Humane Society (Norton Road), 8 am – 5 pm

(Hand Towels, blankets, bleach, paper towels, dog/cat toys, kitty litter)

 

Drury University – Clothing Drive until June 3 (drop off at Findley Student Center basement, FSC 117 during business hours)

 

Staxx Clothing (331 South Ave.) and Jellybeans (2646 S. Glenstone)

(Clothing drive – new and gently used; donors receive 25% off coupon)

Business hours through June 15th

 

Republic, MO:

Republic Ford 1740 US Hwy 60 East; (888) 865-2576

(non-perishable food items, water, blankets, clothing)

 

Edward Jones Branch Office, 253 US Highway 60 West (417-732-1151)

 (items recommended by the American Red Cross)

 

BLOOD DONATION

 

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has lifted its code red for Type O Negative blood, but still need donations through the summer.

 

ANIMAL FOSTERING/RESCUE

http://www.joplinhumane.org/ or Facebook (Search “Joplin Humane Society”)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Animals-Lost-Found-from-the-Joplin-Mo-tornado/185768248141000?sk=wall

 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS (state-wide)

http://www.facebook.com/notes/joplin-mo-tornado-recovery/joplin-tornado-relief-fundraising-efforts/117118671706061

 

SHELTERS/TRANSPORTATION

  • Ignite Church
  • Leggett & Platt Center at MSSU
  • Mount Hope Church of Christ in Webb City (call 624-1795)

The City and Joplin R-8 are coordinating transportation to help those left homeless due to

tornado. People can go to the following locations and a bus will take them to the shelter:

  • Junge Stadium on 13th Street
  • Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th & Range Line
  • Lowe’s 24th & Range Line
  • Vintage Stock, 32nd & Main.

 

Additional Information

 

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211.

The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211

number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.

 

To locate loved ones, please visit Safe and Well from the Red Cross:

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

 

Additional updates and information may also be available at:

https://www.facebook.com/joplinmo

http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp

 

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s website and Facebook account will be updated as we

receive more information: https://www.facebook.com/gsmoheartland