Update (29 Feb 2012): If you are interested in supporting the area Girl Scouts by donating, please see the update in our post: GSMH ESTABLISHES SPECIAL RELIEF FUND FOR MEMBERS . 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 https://showmeresponse.org/.
American Red Cross
Mail: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
or 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, 65803
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.
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:
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 – trucks until 9 pm Monday)
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/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce: 269 Highway 248
(Bottled water until 4:45 pm Monday)
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 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
http://www.joplinhumane.org/ 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.
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:
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s website and Facebook account will be updated as we
receive more information: https://www.facebook.com/gsmoheartland