Columbia is in shock over the news from Joplin. Here’s how you can put that shock into action. If you know of something not on this list, please email us at email@example.com. We will update as we hear of events.
You can also check this spreadsheet for donation sites around Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. And don’t forget that you can text JOPLIN to 864833 to make a $10 donation to the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund. As this article states, money is the best thing you can give right now. If you are in the medical field and can volunteer your time, register at Show Me Response. Keep up with the Food Bank efforts here.
Ongoing donation sites:
Priority items are bottled water, blankets, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, toiletries, diapers, large storage containers, and food items that do not have to be heated. Please consider donating money as storage space is limited.
VAMC offices – main office is at 2101 Chapel Hill Plaza Columbia, MO 65203
Isle of Capri Boonville (casino lobby)
Benton Homes (Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 8pm)
Gentry Middle School, Jefferson Jr High, and Rock Bridge High Schools: Bins for gently used shoes
The Crossing: accepting cash donations on behalf of the Heart of Missouri United Way in their main office all week, also taking a special offering at Sunday’s service.
Columbia Catholic School/Daniel Boone Little League Main Concession: new and like new summer clothes for kids or gift cards (which will be used to purchase kids clothes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Other Ways to Give:
Joplin Humane Society Amazon Wishlist
Planned Parenthood Special Fund: The Joplin health center will be providing care free of charge from now until the end of June to anyone in need – existing patients, their families, or those who have never been to Planned Parenthood before. They invite anyone who is in need of care, whether they need to replace a birth control prescription lost to the storm, check their blood pressure, or speak to a health care professional, to come to the Joplin health center. No appointment is necessary. 100% of every dollar raised will be earmarked for this special emergency fund and will take care of the people of Joplin.
Mizzou T-shirt: The University of Missouri Athletics department is selling a “One State, One Sport” t-shirt to benefit the United Way’s efforts in Joplin. Cost is $14.95 and all profits directly benefit Heart of Missouri United Way. Click here to buy.
MU’s Center for Family Policy & Research is collecting items for children. Diapers, formula, stuffed animals, books and other items for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will be accepted at the facility, located at 1400 Rock Quarry Road, at Entrance 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. For further information, please contact: Jackie Hawks (573-884-3564) / Scottjac@missouri.edu
Iron Tiger Tattoo: Been thinking about a tattoo or piercing? Iron Tiger Tattoo will be donating all proceeds from Friday’s sales to disaster relief.
The Crossing would like to invite residents of Columbia and the surrounding area to a short prayer service in support of those who’ve been affected by this disaster. The service will take place on Friday, May 27 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at The Crossing, 3615 Southland Dr., Columbia, MO. For more information, please call 573-256-4410. There will also be a collection for Heart of Missouri United Way.
Bleu restaurant will be donating all sales, minus the cost of food and beverage, to the American Red Cross to help the citizens of Joplin. The staff has volunteered to donate their time, service and tips for the cause.
Operation Give – CoMo Cares: From 9am to 2pm Operation Give will be in the Columbia Mall Sears Parking lot. This is a great way to get your kids involved in the effort as they will have a giant piggy bank for their Red Cross donations. They are also asking kids to bring a new coloring/activity book and new crayons or washable markers. FEMA reports that a displaced children have nothing to keep them busy while their parents cope with the disaster. This event is coordinated and endorsed through the Salvation Army of Springfield. Needed items are: diapers, pull-ups, wipes, toiletries, NEW clothing/shoes, and blankets. Fry-Wagner Moving Company has agreed to transport the items to the Salvation Army in Joplin. Any Questions Contact Kurtlisajacob@gmail.com and check out details on their website.
D’Rowe’s Restaurant, at 1005 Club Village Drive, will be holding a “pack the semi” event on Saturday, May 28th from 8am-2pm. The most needed items are flashlights, batteries, rubbermaid containers, trash bags, band aids, Neosporin ointment, bottled water, and basic toiletries. Once the truck is packed, Mizzou coaches and players will accompany the truck down to Joplin to deliver the items on a day to be determined. During the event, there will be a “TigerAde” lemonade stand to raise money. Check out the details here and read about Mizzou Athletics involvement here.
June 1st: Harpo’s is holding a fundraising evening. $5 donation at the door goes directly to the Red Cross. There will also be a live auction whose proceeds will go to the Red Cross and a % of the night’s food and alcohol sales will be donated to the Red Cross by Harpo’s. Details here.