Joplin, Missouri — On Sunday, May 22nd the deadliest single tornado in the US since the 1950’s struck the
town of Joplin, Missouri. The Salvation Army responded immediately with familiar disaster canteens, meeting
the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care and other necessities.
Since the 22nd, The Salvation Army has helped thousands in the Joplin area. The Salvation Army has also
helped those in the tornado-stricken towns of Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri.
The scope of the disaster is truly incomprehensible—it requires an equally intense response. While The
Salvation Army certainly cannot meet every need of the survivors, we were among the first to respond, and will
be working in emergency-response-mode in the disaster areas until a sense of normalcy returns, and as long as
the support of our generous donors permit.
Massive work touching individual lives:
With so much help needed, it’s sometimes hard to remember that each number represents a real person
whose life has been turned upside down. The following information represents the combined efforts of
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams responding from five US States in Joplin, as of 5:00 PM
Monday, May 30.
• The Salvation Army has served 23,723 hot meals and 7,288 snacks and 22,401 drinks.
• The Salvation Army is one of the organizations participating in the M.A.R.C. (Multi-Agency Resource
Center). After two days we have assisted 107 families with $9,671 in vouchers.
• The Salvation Army has provided emotional and spiritual care for 557 individuals.
• The Salvation Army has provided 9 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield,
Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Grand Rapids,
Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.
• Ten Salvation Army officers (pastors), 25 employees and 146 volunteers have served of 4558.5 hours.
Command, Resource and Distribution Center Locations:
• A mobile command center has been in operation since May 22nd.
• Permanent Salvation Army Facilities are located at 320 E. 8th Street and 2502 S. Main St., Joplin,
• A goods distribution center is in operation at 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri.
• The Salvation Army is taking part in the M.A.R.C. located at “The Bridge,” on 3405 S. Hammonds
Blvd, Joplin, Missouri 64804.
• A Satellite Communications truck from The Salvation Army’s USA Southern territory is in place and
handling phone, computer and internet communications.
Locations of feeding stations
Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:
• The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center located at 320 E. 8th Street.
• One canteen is located at the Joplin High School on 20th & Indiana.
• One canteen is also located at the “Oasis Tent” intended to serve as a location for community members
to come together in a sheltered location and receive “One stop service” with food, hydration, spiritual
and emotional care and other basic services. The location is the site of the Joplin thrift store at 2502 S.
Mobile Feeding Sites:
Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much
as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and hydration to responders and survivors. The canteen
vehicles providing this service represent nine cities in five states:
• Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri
• Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas
• Tulsa, Oklahoma
• Grand Rapids, Michigan
• Chicago, Illinois
Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:
• An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and
opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may
“shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.
• The Salvation Army is partnering with HOPE Station to provide hope to the Joplin community. This
will be a 5 week event which will include music, art, food, worship and opportunities for people to share
their stories of hope.
The campaign is set to launch on Friday, and will be held at the Salvation Army’s Oasis off 26th and
Main. Included is a nightly dinner, live music, a kids station with donated toys, guest speakers, and
more. This event will take place nightly until the 4th of July.
Stephanie Tillman, the founder of the Hope Station says this is meant to give relief workers and those
affected by the tornado a place to unwind. “If we push ourselves too hard we’re not going to be of use to anybody. So the biggest gift anybody could give is a place to just exhale and be okay saying I’m alright
pausing for a second, because I know if I just sit still for a minute, I’m going to be ten times better when
I’m done.” Tillman also says feedback from the community is key to making this event a success.
Donations and expenses in the Midland Division:
Joplin, Missouri is located in The Salvation Army’s Midland Division, headquartered, in St. Louis,
Missouri. The Midland Division comprises most of Missouri and Southern Illinois. The Divisional Community
Relations and Development staff for Midland Division reports the following separate fundraising information:
Corporate Donations in Kind
• Wal-Mart has donated 36,000 bottles of water for Joplin relief efforts.
• Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones which were distributed to survivors.
• The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday
with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
• A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including
approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store.
• Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.
• The Kansas City Chiefs football team held a “Water bottle drive” to collect water for Joplin. They
have collected nearly 200,000 bottles of water to be delivered to Joplin. They will also be sending 100-
120 volunteers on June 24 to assist The Salvation Army with multiple volunteer projects.
• Folsom Distributing of Wood River, Illinois will be donating 100+ cases of Gatorade, apple juice,
orange juice and water.
• The Loading Dock, a restaurant in Grafton, Illinois, is collecting cases of water in exchange for their
handmade salsa. Part of the donation includes 42 cases from an anonymous Lowe’s employee. Con-way
Freight will pick up the cases of water and deliver to The Salvation Army in Joplin.
Corporate Cash Donations Reported by Midland Division:
Wal-Mart has donated $150,000 in cash for Joplin relief efforts.
Other Major Gifts reported by the Midland Division:
|• The Salvation Army in Joplin from local donors Debra and David Humphreys*||$500,000.00|
|• Other Major Gifts Committed (Includes Wal-Mart gift):||$165,500.00|
|Major Gifts Pledged:||$12,500.00|
|• Missouri Foundation for Health||$50,000.00|
|• Mail gifts and credit cards||$45,655.00|
|*no other gifts collected directly in Joplin are considered in this report||Total:||$778,165.00|
Preliminary Types of Aid Reported by the Midland Division for Joplin, Missouri
The Salvation Army is designed to “meet need at the point of need.” We realize that one solution does not
fit every situation. As new needs arise, unique to Joplin, The Salvation Army plans to rise to the challenge of
meeting those needs, as enabled by its generous donors.
Following is a very limited survey of just some of the types of assistance offered by The Salvation Army
during the first few days after the Joplin, Missouri Tornado. Citizens of Joplin can expect more and varied types
of help in the coming weeks and months.
|Instances of Financial Assistance Given|
|Cleanup / Reconstruction||76|
|Gift Cards / Debit Cards||0|
|Housing (Rent / Mortgage)||0|
|Medical / Funeral||13|
|Transient Lodging (Hotel)||0|
|Other (specify) __utility_||27|
Donations from the Kansas and Western Missouri Division
The Kansas and Western Missouri Division (MoKan), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has played a
large role in the relief efforts for Joplin (as well as tornado relief in Reading, Kansas and Sedalia, Missouri.)
Amanda Waters, The Divisional Director of Community Relations for the MoKan Division reports the
following service and fundraising information separate from the MoKan Division:
MoKan Division EDS Service for Sedalia, Missouri Tornado.
On Wednesday, May 25, a tornado hit Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia, Missouri EDS Canteen was already
deployed to Joplin, Missouri. So Kansas City responded to Sedalia. While in Sedalia (for 3 days) the canteen
served a total of 1,451 people.
|Scripps Foundation, owners of the local NBC station:||$10,000.00|
Donations from General Public
|NBC Action News Telethon* (for Joplin, Reading and Sedalia):||$223,510.00|
|Credit Card donations:||$6,625.00|
|($5,760.00 for Joplin, $865.00 for “general tornado relief.”)|
|Text to Donate (90999 number—Was only publicized one day):||$4,440.00|
|Direct Mail as of 5/27/2011*:|
|– For Reading, Kansas||$1,260.00|
|– For Joplin, Missouri||$25,111.00|
|– For Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri||$12,705.00|
|– For Sedalia, Missouri||$100.00|
|*Several donations still to be processed.||Total: $703,354.22|
How to Help:
The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to
make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis,
Missouri 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word
JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may
Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods
and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will
be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your
community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please
go to www.satruck.org.