Organizations across Missouri coming together to help Joplin area residents affected by the tornado. One place to start looking for viable places to donate is the website HelpJoplin.com. The main page has basic steps to donate to the Red Cross, where shelters are located and other organizations providing relief.
A Facebook page also has a comprehensive list of organizations and donation drives that have been organized throughout the state to help with the humanitarian aid effort. Called "Joplin Relief Fundraising Efforts," the page has over 100 different places, drop-off points and fundraising efforts that are currently helping Joplin recover. Whether you live in Kirksville or Branson and points in between, there are several ways to help our grieving citizens.
One city in Florida is hosting a "Jammin' for Joplin" event. A local woman's husband has family in the area and residents are encouraged to show up at the St. Andrew''s Marina in Panama City, Fla., on May 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. for live music and an auction. It will be fun with a purpose. The event benefits the Convoy of Hope out of Springfield.
Chadwick: Chadwick FFA is collecting blankets, gently used clothing, hygiene products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc.), sandwich bags, canned food (pop-top preferably), bottled water, diapers, peanut butter, individually packaged snack foods, pet food, razors, socks, underwear, baby food/formula, any baby supplies, washcloths, towels, flashlights, batteries, tarps and leather work gloves. Items can be dropped off at the Chadwick Ag Department or at Kay's Country Store.
Clever: Donations are being accepted at Tippie's Pizza.
Crane: First Baptist Church, Crane on highway 413 will be a fundraising drop-off place for the Crane community. Please drop-off your check or cash that you would like to contribute toward helping Joplin tornado victims. Please make checks payable to "Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief." The church office is open to receive donations Monday-Friday 8 am to 12 noon. The money that is received will go to Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief.
Crane/Galena: There will be a Joplin Tornado Relief Benefit on June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Crane Christian Community Center. An auction will be held, as well as talent and a great meal. Auction items are needed. For info, please contact Richard or Robyn Bowling at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church website at www.lacgalena.com
Everton: The Shaved Beaver Saloon will host a 100-plus mile ride Sunday, May 29 at 1:00 pm, to benefit the ongoing recovery efforts in Joplin. All donations will be made to local organizations directly funding Joplin citizens. Donations may include personal hygiene items, such as: towels, toothbrushes, soap, water, etc., as well as monetary contributions. For more information, call 417-535-2337.
Exeter: Calvary Baptist Church is accepting donations of supplies for tornado victims and rescue personnel. The church will receive items every evening this week from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Monett: Monett is collecting donations throughout the next month. Drop-off sites are located at Mocha Jo's Coffeehouse, WinTech, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Ozark Christian Church, Countryside Christian Church, Liberty United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Fundamental Methodist.
Aurora: There will also be a fundraising concert on June 18 at Harvest Church in Aurora from 7 to 10 p.m. Bands include Amy Sampson, Saving Silence, Hell's Enemy, and maybe Consumed by Fire.