GSMH ESTABLISHES SPECIAL RELIEF FUND FOR MEMBERS

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 http://www.joplinmo.org 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.

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  1. I am the co-leader for a Cadette troop and am interested in adopting a sister troop to help out with the tornado relief efforts. Was hoping that we would perhaps connect with an actual troop and take requests from them as to what is needed and our girls could have a more personal connection. If this takes off for our troop, then perhaps we could do it with other age groups in our area. I realize there are a lot of agencies accepting donations, but was hoping for a more personal touch and connection. Any assistance in this would be greatly appreciated.

    Jean

  2. Thank you so much for thinking of us. A lot of our members are struggling right now, but we are heartened by the support that has come in from our sister Girl Scouts across the country.

    While we do not know yet what all the specific needs will be, we have established a special Disaster Relief Fund to help our members who have been affected by recent tornadoes in the Joplin and Sedalia, MO areas and floods in southeastern Missouri. This fund will be used to replace uniforms, books, badges, etc. for girls and volunteers, as well as to help with membership, program, and camp fees during the long rebuilding and recovery process that their families will be enduring. Information is linked on our homepage, http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

    If girls want to contribute items, we’re encouraging them to help one of the many organizations that is helping with relief efforts. You can find a list of donation sites and item needs posted as a “note” on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gsmoheartland. If we are at some point able to get a list together of what specific troops or members need, it will also be posted there. In the meantime, girls can send cards to our Administrative Service Center (210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802) and we will make sure that they get to girls affected by the tornado.

    Thanks again for thinking of us. Please let me know if you need any further information. We are working with troop leaders in the area to assess specific needs, and we will work to develop opportunities to help personally as soon as possible.

  3. I am a Junior Girl Scout Leader. The girls in my troop have made 13 large, cuddly, tie blankets for a girl scout troop affected by the recent tornadoes. They are hoping to send them to a specific troop or 13 individual girl scouts. Could you please advise me further as to the next steps.

    You are all in our thoughts,
    Girl Scout Troop 1763

  4. Melanie, thank you for your question, and your and your girls’ thoughts and effort! It greatly helps us, and those affected, knowing so many people care.
    At this time, due to upheaval in troop and service unit infrastructure, we ask that all gifts, cards, and letters are sent to the Springfield service center where they can be sure to be sent out appropriately:

    Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland -
    Springfield Service Center
    210 S. Ingram Mill Rd.
    Springfield, MO 65802

    Thank you again, so much!

  5. Hello, My girls decided to dedicate there Bronze Award project to help the girls in the Girl Scouts in the Midwwest. I’m glad to find you have a website dedicated to this. We did a car wash to raise funds in order to help a troop or specific girl scout family affected by the tornadoes. Please tell us what is the best thing we can do. I see your notes above but they are from a few months ago. Any update would be great. Thanks and God Bless!

    Martha Alfaor
    Troop 2074 GSGLA

  6. Hello, thanks for the message!
    Right now, as Joplin is still in recovery phase, we would still prefer that they contribute to our disaster relief fund that has been set up for Girl Scouts affected by the recent disasters in our area. This fund will help pay for the replacement of uniforms, sashes, badges, books, as well as for financial assistance for membership dues and program activities. We are still coordinating this effort through the Springfield office.

    As for donated items, we would rather they not send items to the council office. It’s preferred that if they would like to donate actual items that they contact local agencies in Joplin that will help many girls and families. A drive that many people are involved in right now is the back to school supplies drive. (This Google link: http://bit.ly/nWvars will provide some area organizations and businesses that are handling back-to-school supply drives).

    Thank you so much for your thoughts and efforts!

  7. My service unit has been having a Journey “camp” this summer and the girls have created friendship bracelets for the scouts in your area. I was wondering if we could send those to your service center for you to get out to your girl scouts? The girls wanted your girls to know that they are being thought about by other girl scout sisters.

    Thanks!

    Nancy Smith
    GSWNY Leader

  8. Hello, Nancy;
    That is very sweet of you and your girls! We know they would be greatly appreciated.
    You can send things like that to our Springfield service center where we’ll be sure they’ll get where they need to go. Please be sure to include a clear note indicating what they’re for to make sure there’s no confusion. :)

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

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