Monday, May 23, 2011

How you can help Joplin,Missouri relief efforts

A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses. / AP Photo/Mike Gullett

How you can help:

Red Cross

• Red Cross is not accepting material donations but is taking monetary donations.
You can donate by log onto Red Cross Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter at
You may also come to Red Cross’ Springfield office, 1545 N. West Bypass.
Or you can donate by calling the toll-free number 866-206-0256. You can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross.
Salvation Army
• The Salvation Army is accepting non-perishable food donations at its Springfield location, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
Those wishing to send monetary donations to help with this disaster should designate those donations with the word “Joplin.”

Habitat for Humanity
• Habitat for Humanity is collecting items such as water, blankets, toiletry items, food, batteries, medical supplies, etc. Please bring items to the ReStore located at 2410 S. Scenic Avenue. Habitat will deliver the items to a central location/drop-off point in Joplin.

Ozarks Technical Community College
• Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield is collecting new items for donation to tornado victims in Joplin. Donations can be brought to the campus parking lot at the corner of National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway, where they will be loaded directly into two tractor-trailers from OTC’s Transport Training Institute for transport to Joplin. Donations of non-perishable food, water, blankets, boxes, and more can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. through Wednesday. Donations will also be accepted Thursday until about 5 p.m.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks
• The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, with its Joplin-Carthage area affiliate, has established the Joplin Recovery Fund for donors interested in supporting mid- and long-term community redevelopment efforts to rebuild the city. Contributions to the Joplin Recovery Fund can be made online Please note “Joplin Recovery Fund” in the Fund/Program box.
Checks can be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801.
All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. The Joplin Recovery Fund will not be directed to emergency needs, such as food and shelter.

Family Pharmacy
• Family Pharmacy in Joplin, located at 32nd and Indiana is remaining open on backup generator power. Family Pharmacy is distributing free first aid supplies and bottled water at that Joplin location as well as filling emergency medications for the public. Family Pharmacy also has a store in Carl Junction that has been fully operational . We are able to assist anyone in filling emergency medications; you do not have to be a prior customer of Family Pharmacy.
The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Red Cross
• The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Red Cross has established a shelter at Missouri Southern State College, 3950 East Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801. The shelter facility is the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center. The facility can also accommodate pets.
Missourians interested in volunteering to assist should call 800-427-4626 or 2-1-1. Those with medical skills interested in volunteering should go to: wishing to make donations to help with the relief effort can go to or call 800-427-4626 or 2-1-1.