Update (August 11, 2011): The response to help those affected in our area due to recent natural disasters has been overwhelming! The level of generosity we’ve seen from people who want to help has been inspiring, and has greatly helped those affected.

If you would still like to contribute, as need still exists, we ask that you visit to see if there are agencies still accepting items/donations or consider contributing to our GSMH Relief Fund, rather than sending items directly to our service centers.

Again, thank you for your help!


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland continues to send its thoughts and prayers to those who have suffered from recent natural disasters across our area. We are proud of our Girl Scout members, sisters, and friends who have reached out to each other in this time of great need.

To assist Girl Scout members who are struggling in the wake of flooding in eastern and southern Missouri and tornadoes in western and central Missouri, we have established a special Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of donations earmarked for this fund will be used to provide:

  • Replacement uniforms, books, patches, and supplies for girls and adults
  • 2011-2012 membership fees for disaster-area members
  • Summer camp and program event financial assistance for girls
  • Training fee financial assistance for adults

Contributions to this fund may be mailed to the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Administrative Service Center at: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802. Please write “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo section of your check.


Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts

Update (29 Feb 2012): If you are interested in supporting the area Girl Scouts by donating, please see the update in our post: . We suggest donating to the area Red Cross as they are always in need of support for disaster relief. Thank you!


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

Monetary Donations

American Red Cross

Mail: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
or 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, 65803
Phone: 866-206-0256.

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).

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:

Arma, Kansas:

USD 246 Board Office
(Items needed: shoes/flip-flop style, toiletries, bottled water and nonperishable

Pittsburg, Kansas:

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

Springfield, MO:

Ozarks Food Harvest:
(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 – trucks until 9 pm Monday)
(non-perishable food)

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

Branson, MO:

Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce: 269 Highway 248
(Bottled water until 4:45 pm Monday)

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 will have extended hours on Monday, May 23 – open
until 6:00 pm at both Springfield locations: Campbell/Plainview and Glenstone/Seminole. The
blood bank has issued a code red for type O- blood only, though all blood types are encouraged
to donate.


Animal Fostering/Rescue or Facebook (Search “Joplin Humane Society”)

Fundraising Events (state-wide)


Shelter / 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:

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:


High Waters Cause Suspension of Activities at Camp

Update: Activities have resumed — please see the June 19th blog post: “Activities to Resume at Latonka Program Center

Safety is number one priority

With Lake Wappapello’s water level at 35 feet above normal on May 9, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) is forced to suspend all activities hosted at the Latonka Program Center until the water recedes and clean-up and restoration at the property can be completed.  Latonka Program Center is located in Wayne County and home to summer, troop and family activities, as well as council sponsored activities, such as summer resident camp.

“It is unfortunate that the historic flood has created this tough decision,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for GSMH, “but parents depend on us as an organization to provide a safe environment for their girls.”

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is offering summer camp at three additional locations, including Cherokee Ridge Program Center, also located in Wayne County.  Valarie Moseley, Chief Membership/Leadership Program Officer for GSMH understands the disappointment for the girls saying, “I know that many girls were looking forward to an outdoor camp experience this summer.  Therefore, we will be adding additional weeks of resident camp at the Cherokee Ridge facility for those who would like to participate in activities such as horseback riding, aqua sports, and the science behind the solar system.”  Go to for more information on the additional sessions added at Cherokee Ridge.

If you would like to offer donations to help with the clean-up and restoration of Latonka Program Center, please contact Angie Sullivan at 877-312-4764 ext. 1343.

For additional information: