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
Below is a list of response opportunities and supporting agencies:
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/.
American Red Cross
Mail: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
or 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, 65803
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
Heart of Missouri United Way
Text “Joplin” to 864833 to donate $10 (charged to your cell phone bill).
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
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
USD 246 Board Office
(Items needed: shoes/flip-flop style, toiletries, bottled water and nonperishable
First Church of the Nazarene, 819 E. Quincy, 620-231-0658
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 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)
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has lifted its code red for Type O Negative blood, but still need donations through the summer.
http://www.joplinhumane.org/ or Facebook (Search “Joplin Humane Society”)
FUNDRAISING EVENTS (state-wide)
- 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.
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:
Additional updates and information may also be available at:
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s website and Facebook account will be updated as we
receive more information: https://www.facebook.com/gsmoheartland