Columbia organizations mobilize to help Joplin victims

Monday, May 23, 2011 | 5:57 p.m. CDT; updated 12:37 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 24, 2011
From left, Delta Chi members Brandon Mills and Ryan Bueckendorf work on their computers calling local grocery stores asking if they would like to donate supplies and non-perishable food items to be donated to tornado relief efforts in Joplin, on Monday at the Delta Chi house. The fraternity organized the donation drive earlier Monday and will take donations until Friday.

COLUMBIA — Several groups are organizing aid for victims of the Joplin tornado. We'll keep a running list of ways you can help. If your group is organizing a relief effort and you're not listed here, let us know. You can e-mail us at, send us a tweet @CoMissourian or call  882-5720.

To donate supplies

  • MU's Delta Chi fraternity is accepting food donations and other items. They can be dropped off at 501 Turner Ave. The fraternity requests dry food, bottled water, batteries, clothing, flashlights and baby supplies. It will also accept donations by check made out to the American Red Cross.
  • Employees of Check Please are accepting water, nonperishable food, blankets, clothes and hygiene products at 1301 Vandiver Square, Suite B, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this week. All items donated will be stored at the Central Missouri Food Bank until they are driven to Joplin. 
  • KFRU Radio 1400 AM, in partnership with the Columbia Board of Realtors, is collecting lightly used men's, women's and children's shoes Tuesday and Wednsday morning from 6 a.m. to Noon in the Scnuck's parking lot at 2309 I70 Drive Northwest.  
  • D Rowe's Restaurant, in conjunction with the Central Missouri Food Bank, will host a food collection drive this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the restaurant at 1005 Club Village Drive.  The restaurant is requesting toiletries and personal hygiene products, dry food and bottled water.
  • Operation Give: COMO Cares will collect supplies from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Sears parking lot at Columbia Mall.  Volunteers will be accepting blankets, pillows, small amounts of clothing, toilet paper, toothbrushes, diapers, bottled water and sealed food items. Fry-Wagner Moving Company will transport the items to the Salvation Army in Joplin.

To donate money

  • The Heart of Missouri United Way is accepting donations by phone at 443-4523, by texting “Joplin” to 864833 or online.  
  • Missouri United Methodist Church is accepting donations online in order to send flood buckets to those affected in Joplin.  A $56 donation covers the purchase, assembly and delivery of the buckets, which contain supplies to combat household flooding. Missouri UMC is also accepting donations in $20 denominations.  
  • KRCG is coordinating a telethon in conjunction with the American Red Cross.  The station is accepting donations via phone at 573-644-6440.  Checks can also be mailed to the Red Cross at 431 East McCarty Street in Jefferson City with "Joplin Tornado" in the memo line.  
  • The University of Missouri is partnering with the Heart of Missouri United Way in the production and sale of “One State. One Spirit. One Mizzou.” Tornado Relief T-Shirts.  The shirts cost $14.95 each and all proceeds will go to support the United Way’s United for Joplin campaign.  The shirts can be purchased online now or at the Memorial Stadium Team Store beginning Thursday afternoon. 
  • KOMU 8, The Museao and the Heart of Missouri United Way are hosting a telethon and fundraising event Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3500 Buttonwood Drive.  The event will include food and live musical performances by US Looping Champion Phil Stendek  and Trey Davis  along with other artists that are still to be determined.  Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to carpool.  

To volunteer services

  • Missourians interested in volunteering to assist should first call 800-427-4626 or 211.
  • Health professionals can register to volunteer through the Show-Me Response website.
  • Nurses or doctors interested in volunteering can also call the Red Cross at 417-832-9500.
  • Other citizens who want to volunteer should report to the Recreation Center at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. 

To locate a loved one

  • Joplin has set up a special phone number to check on the status of friends and family: 417-659-5464.
  • The Red Cross also hosts a website called "Safe and Well" where people can check on loved ones or list themselves.


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