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:


14 thoughts on “Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts

  1. I have a junior troop in Seaford NY and my girls want to know how they can help the girl scouts there.

  2. Our Brownie troop in a northshore sububrb of Chicago would like to help a Brownie troop or children in the Joplin area. What would you recommend?

  3. My Junior and Cadette troops near Washington, DC would like to help out – please let us know what would be best.

  4. My Daisy Troop in Marshfield, VT would like to help the girls in Joplin. What can we do to help?

  5. We want to thank everyone for your heartfelt responses and willingness to help your sister Girl Scouts in Joplin. Right now the area is still in the response and recovery portion of the disaster. Hopefully within a few days, we will know more about specific needs for Girl Scout troops in Joplin.

    Until that time, we are encouraging local troops to collect items and donate to organizations who are equipped to move the items, such as Convoy of Hope, Ozarks Food Harvest, etc. For troops outside of the area, we have a list of organizations that are accepting donations to help with the relief efforts in Joplin which are listed in this blog post (and is mirrored on our Facebook page: ).

    While a specific Girl Scout may or may not have been affected directly, we know that everyone has been affected in some way through extended family or friends. We will continue to keep our social media sites updated as we know more about specific needs.

  6. I have a daisy troop who wants to send cards to help lift the GS spirit, please let us know where we can send them to?

  7. Thank you for your thoughts and wishes!
    Cards can be sent to the Joplin service center which will then make sure the cards get out to the girls:

    Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland -
    Joplin Area Service Center
    1029 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, MO 64801

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  9. I also have a troop that would like to adopt a sister troop that needs assistance. We are from St. Louis, so not that far. Please keep us posted when we can provide direct and more personalized assistance to our sister scouts. Thanks.

  10. I have a brownie troop in New Jersey and we would like to collect and donate school supplies – if that would be helpful. When you have a chance, can you let me know where to send the supplies? Thank you!

  11. Heather, that is very thoughtful of you and your girls! I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated.
    As the Joplin service center is currently in the process of relocating (, it would be best if you sent anything to the Springfield service center:

    Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
    Springfield Area Administrative Center
    210 S. Ingram Mill Road
    Springfield, MO 65802

    I’m sure you would anyway, but if you would, please include a note indicating what it’s for so it’s sure to get where it’s intended with no delay.
    Thank you all so much for your help and efforts! Girl Scouts are the best!

  12. Our troop would like to send a donation to the Joplin Girl Scouts. Where do we send it to?

  13. also was the girl scout office or camp sites affected by the storm?

  14. Hello, Debbie: Thank you for you and your troop’s interest and care!
    For donating, please see our follow-up post and the update at the top of the page:
    We suggest donating to the area Red Cross.

    As for our properties, they did not receive any significant damage. The Joplin service center was in the process of looking for a new location before last year’s storm, and finally completed the move not long ago. See the updates on our recent post: Joplin Satellite Office Opening Soon. Our new Joplin satellite office is open and doing well!

    Thanks for your message!

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