Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I don't normally touch on local news and events, but hearts are heavy here... for the town of Joplin {A neighboring town not far from Springfiel}.  Not one life is untouched there after one of the deadliest tornadoes in this past century's history devastated the city with a fierceness six miles long.

Scenes and stories are too much to bear.  Devastating.  My heart and prayers go out to them as well as all of those helping with the relief efforts.

                                               /AP Photo/Mike Gullet and Springfield News Leader

How you can help Joplin relief efforts:

Convoy of Hope

• You can donate to Convoy of Hope at its website: convoyofhope.org, or donate $10 by texting Convoy to 50555. Additional texting charges may apply

The Food Bank/Ozarks Food Harvest

• Donations are needed and can be delivered to The Food Bank/Ozarks Food Harvest at 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave. in Springfield.
Monetary donations are also requested at this time and can be made securely online at ozarksfoodharvest.org. Or, you can mail donations to Ozarks Food Harvest, Attn: Joplin Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 5746, Springfield, Mo., 65801-5746.
The Food Bank is requesting that community members donate easy-open, ready-to-eat nonperishable food items, or canned goods and can openers. Snacks such as crackers and granola bars are needed. 
There is a demand for all types of personal hygiene items, including diapers, and paper products such as paper plates, eating utensils, paper towels and toilet paper.
Cleaning supplies are also accepted. Water bottles are not a priority from donors at this time.
Donations for Joplin relief can be delivered to Ozarks Food Harvest between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through this week and beyond.
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 redcross-ozarks.org.
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.

Thoughts and Prayers to all Affected.


Karena said...

Sharon I am in Kansas City and we have had storms and warnings, I feel so badly for those in Joplin. At my other job we are collecting for families of employees.

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A Lifestyle Thing said...

Hi Karena. It's so terribly sad, isn't it? Hopefully the storms have passed! These tragedies make me want to hug my family extra tight. I'm glad to hear you are safe and sound.

I too, would love to help out in some way if I could. My sixteen year old son is planning on going this weekend to help a fellow team mate's family who lost everything. I can't even imagine...but they are just grateful to be alive.

I will check out your giveaway!


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