UPDATE: Local businesses, organizations continue Joplin relief efforts

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — Tornado survivors in Joplin are most in need of trash bags and cleaning supplies such as gloves and brooms.

That was the word on Wednesday from Rachel Ellersieck, a representative of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. As residents recover from the tornado and re-establish homes, she said, they’ll be needing items like linen, bedding and kitchen supplies.

In addition to food, the food bank is collecting cleaning supplies and home items for Joplin relief as well as monetary donations. Donations can be taken to the food bank at 2101 Vandiver Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

So far it has received more than 100,000 pounds in food donations and other items and has sent 80,000 pounds to Joplin, Ellersieck said.

An initial wave of local relief efforts included fundraising by the Heart of Missouri United Way that brought in more than $1 million, said Timothy Rich, the executive director.

D. Rowe’s Restaurant filled a semi-truck with 15 pallets of donations and collected $3,500 on Saturday, Ellersieck said.

The Columbia Board of Realtors collected 4,000 pairs of shoes last week. Brent Gardner of RE/MAX Boone Realty said the board delivered 3,000 pairs of shoes to Joplin and gave the other 1,000 to the Elks Lodge to take to Joplin.

As of Thursday, the following groups were holding fundraisers or collecting donations:

  • CiCi’s Pizza, 2609 E. Broadway, will hold a fundraiser Friday to aid the Joplin relief efforts. The business will donate 10 percent of its total all-day sales from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to the Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center.
  • The Columbia Elks Lodge is accepting donations including toiletries and baby supplies. Items will be sent to the Webb City Elks Lodge, which is serving as a distribution center. Joyce Gentry of the Columbia Elks Lodge said Thursday that the organization will accept items indefinitely. Donations can be dropped off at 4747 E. Elk Park Drive.
  • A United for Joplin Benefit Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Whitmore Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Performers include classically trained ensembles of area faculty and students. There will be no admission charge, and donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will go to United Way’s United for Joplin Fund.
  • The Mizzou Beta-Theta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is partnering with the Heidelberg and the Salvation Army for three events: from 11 a.m. Monday to June 10, people can bring clothes to bins outside the restaurant; from June 8 to 11, members of Tau Kappa Epsilon will be downtown collecting money to send to the Salvation Army; on June 9, the Heidelberg will give 10 percent of all receipts to the fraternity for Joplin relief. There will be a $5 charge at the door.
  • Check Please Loans, 1301 Vandiver Drive, Suite B, was collecting donations of food as well as baby and pet items through the end of this week. Manager Krissy Chapman said the business had collected 524 pounds of supplies by Friday.
  • Members of the Callaway Bank can donate reward points to help the bank's Joplin relief effort. They can choose to make their contributions through Heart of Missouri United Way or the Red Cross.
  • Socket Internet provider was accepting money, clothes and supplies for Joplin residents and is primarily looking for toiletries and cleaning supplies. The organization is sending money to the United Way and collecting donations in conjunction with Eastside Church of Christ. Take donations to Socket’s office at 2703 Clark Lane between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. Make checks payable to United Way. Socket is also providing Joplin residents with free dial-up Internet access. Stephanie Rosskopf, marketing manager, said the business raised $1,265 last week for United for Joplin.
  • The Scottish Rite Valley in Columbia was collecting money for its Joplin location, which opened its facilities to prepare meals for victims and relief workers. Donors can send money directly to the Joplin Scottish Rite at 505 Byers Ave., Joplin, MO 64801 or to the Columbia Rite at 33 N. Masonic Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. Checks should be made out to the Scottish Rite and marked for tornado relief. James Haddox of Columbia Scottish Rite said 100 percent of the money will go to Joplin.
  • Frank Fletcher Honda was serving as a drop-off point for money and supplies and will continue taking donations as long as people bring them, manager Justin Cochran said. On Tuesday, the business had collected $500 in money and $3,500 worth of supplies.
  • Integrity Home Care in Columbia was accepting necessity items. It will continue taking donated items to Joplin weekly as long as there is a need. Bring items to the Columbia office at 409 Vandiver Drive, Suite 6-203, Columbia, MO 65202. Those with donations who can’t drive to the office can call 499-1125 to have someone from Columbia Home Care pick up the items.
  •  MU has partnered with Missouri United Way to sell tornado relief T-shirts. They are $14.95 and can be purchased from  Memorial Stadium Tiger Team Store and University Bookstore on campus as well as from their websites at and On Tuesday, the university had sold more than 15,000 T-shirts, totaling more than $165,000 Heart of Missouri United Way Executive Director Timothy Rich said.
  •  The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouriwill be sending a truck of donations collected in mid-Missouri to Joplin each week until told otherwise. Bring large loads to the back door at 2101 Vandiver Drive. The organization is also accepting monetary donations and is looking for volunteers to help sort supplies. For online donations and checks, write “Joplin Relief” in the comments section.
  • The Heart of Missouri United Way is accepting ongoing donations. Text JOPLIN to 864833 to donate or go to the organization’s website. Executive Director Timothy Rich said the organization had raised nearly $1.22 million as of Tuesday and had received contributions from at least three continents.
  • The Mid-Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross continues to accept donations via its website. Contributors can also contact the Mid-Missouri Red Cross at 1805 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65203 or by calling 445-9411. They can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or call 800-RED-CROSS to make a credit card donation.

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Joe Favre June 10, 2011 | 12:06 a.m.

I'm glad to see the relief efforts are continuing. I know construction crews are in the area led by experienced professionals like Terry Dean from the Springfield area. It's great to see.

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