Help for Joplin: 'Everybody wants to do something, but they don't know what to do'
Dale Malone kept hearing the same thing Monday from local residents concerning the devastation in Joplin.
“Everyone I have talked with is feeling this,” Malone said. “Everybody wants to do something, but they don’t know what to do.”
So Malone called and eventually got through to city officials in Joplin.
“What they told me was, ‘Please don’t send any volunteers; we have nothing organized for them and there is nothing for them to do yet,’ ” Malone said.
“What they really need is cash,” he said.
So Malone, owner of Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots, 21746 W. U.S. Highway 50, contacted the local Red Cross chapter, got its blessing and is having a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday at the bar-restaurant.
The requested donation is a minimum of $5. Bruce Enrietto of KIX 105.7’s “Bruce In The Morning” show will be the emcee, and the bands County Road 5 and Dusty & The Boys will perform; between sets, Malone and DJ Sticky will spin tunes.
Malone said local Red Cross officials “were pleased as punch that they could get something this organized this quick.” He added that the funds raised will be tagged specifically for Joplin tornado relief.
Malone stressed that residents who cannot attend the Dukes & Boots events can still contribute by making donations at redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will be added to their phone bill.
“I remember ’77 and ’79 in Sedalia, when (tornadoes) ripped the roof off our house,” Malone said. “People from our state, fellow Missourians, need our help. I’ll do whatever I can do for them.”
Elle Wasson Duggan, executive director of Sedalia-Pettis County United Way, encouraged residents to make financial contributions or, if they really want to provide tangible goods, to stick to the “early needs” list — bottled water, infant supplies (formula, diapers, baby wipes), toiletries, nonperishable food items (not canned goods), batteries, flashlights, tarps, and so on — and drop items off at the Ditzfeld Transfer trailer at Walmart.
“It is important that people understand that the need is going to be long term and be patient,” Wasson Duggan said.
Joann Moore, a spokeswoman for the Ozarks chapter of the American Red Cross, told the Columbia Daily Tribune that there is nowhere in Joplin to store tangible goods donations right now.
“There is going to be a need because this is a long-term recovery process,” Moore said. “So if they have a place, keep them until there is an opening to accept them.”
Malone is among many local residents who are reaching out to provide assistance. Here are some of the other efforts:
• End Zone Sports Bar & Grill, 3129 W. Broadway Blvd., is collecting various items for the cause. Their donations include bleach, bottled water, nonperishable food, baby food, canned luncheon meat, hand sanitizer and personal hygiene items.
Jackie Dawson, kitchen manager, said donations will be accepted all week, and that some staff members who have family in the Joplin area will be taking the items down this weekend.
• Horace Mann Elementary School third-graders are collecting aluminum cans and cash donations. All money raised will be donated to the Red Cross.
• Sacred Heart School will be taking up a collection during the offertory at the all-school Mass on Friday. Funds will go through the Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Donations can be dropped off before Friday at the school; envelopes should be clearly marked for the Joplin Tornado Collection. Checks should be made payable to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.
• Cellphone users can make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army’s efforts by texting JOPLIN to 80888. Donations also can be made at salvationarmy.org or by calling 888-725-2769.
• VFW Post 2591 is donating $250, and the Ladies Auxiliary is giving $200 to support the relief efforts in Joplin. Anyone who wants to contribute can drop off donations at the post canteen, 121 S. Ohio Ave.
• Advanced Pet Care, 2931 Clinton Road in Sedalia, is registered as a designated drop-off site for donations for pet supplies for Joplin. Needed supplies include blankets, towels, bleach and toys. A broader supply request list will be available within a few days.
• Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church, 3201 Southwest Blvd., next to Skyline Elementary School, will be collecting various items between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today through Friday. First-response items that will be accepted include fruit bars and granola bars, bottled water, sports drinks, canned juices and canned milk, high-energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, trail mix), baby food and formula, cookies, hard candy, sterile adhesive bandages, aspirin/pain relievers, antacids, blankets/sleeping bags, pillows/pillowcases, soap, liquid detergent, personal hygiene items, soap, towels, deodorant, shampoo, washcloths, diapers, baby wipes, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, flash lights, batteries and cellphone chargers of any kind.
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