Perpetual list of donors is posted -revised often
June 17, 2011
Notices of so many donations to Joplin's recovery from the devastating May 22, 2011 tornado are coming in that we decided to create a running list. We are thankful for the following:

  1. 5/25/11 - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp.) donated $500,000 to support disaster relief efforts in Joplin and matched PotashCorp employeedonations. In addition, PotashCorp emergency response teams from Weeping Water (NB), Marseilles (IL), Cincinnati (OH)and Joplin facilities were immediately dispatched to assist local authorities in ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts whichresidents dubbed “Operation Rising Eagle.”

  2. 05/28-30/11 - Bryan and Amy Stallings of Jesus Was Homeless, a non-profit Branson ministry, organized a meal program for the victims and volunteers working out in the field. They said they served 2000 meals and experienced "some awesome 'God' moments that were both humbling and rewarding."

  3. 05/30-06/03/11 - VSP® Vision Care sent the mobile clinic Eyenstein and 3 employees to work alongside the American Red Cross and 14 VSP doctors. They saw 204 patients and handed out 1,000 gift certificates for those seeking private care. The total value of outreach provided to the 1,204 Joplin area residents who received services either on board or with a gift certificate was about $463,500.

  4. 06/07/11 - David and Debra Humphreys have donated $500,000 and the Satterlee family of Joplin has contributed $250,000 to Joplin Schools. For more information go here.

  5. 06/14/11 - The Home Depot Foundation has donated $100,000 to Convoy of Hope's Joplin relief effort. The donation is part of foundation’s $1 million to the immediate relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts. The funds will provide essential tools such as brooms, rakes, shovels and work gloves to help individuals as they clean up what’s left of their storm-ravaged homes.

  6. 06/16/11 - Liberty Bank's president Jeff Williams has promised a donation of $50,000 over a five-year period for Joplin Schools. The bank headquartered in Springfield has two locations in Joplin, One of which was damaged during the tornado.

  7. 06/17/11 - St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, has received $300,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The funding will help the hospital expand its diabetes care system to reach patients with other chronic conditions, create a sustainable chronic care management system, promote wellness and social and emotion support activities and enhance patients' disease self-management skills.

  8. 06/27/11 - Farmland Foods teamed up with Walmart to provide 500 gift cards worth $50 each to Joplin families and donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross. Murphy-Brown provided two pallets of supplies and the company's employees cooked 1,000 pork burgers donated by the Missouri Pork Producers Association to feed emergency personnel and volunteers.They also gave $1500 to the American Red Cross, $1500 to the Joplin Area YMCA for its Childcare Relief Fund and $2000 for supplies and food for volunteer work groups.

  9. 06/28/11 - Crowder College received a $15,000 grant from Scholarship American (USA Funds) for supplementing financial aid packages for students who have experienced additional financial difficulties related to the Joplin tornado. Students must be Pell grant eligible. Go here.

  10. 06/30/11 - The United States Tennis Association has presented the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund with a check for $100,000, a contribution that consists of a $25,000 donation from the USTA Missouri Valley Section, a $25,000 donation from USTA National and a $50,000 grant for refurbishment of the high school tennis courts and technical assistance. In addition the USTA is working with tennis manufacturers and retailers to collect additional donations including equipment and tennis gear for the Joplin High School tennis team.

  11. 07/04/11 - Rush Limbaugh, in addition to the truckload of tea he brought to Joplin's 4th of July celebration, has donated $100,000 to the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund established in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.

  12. 07/06/11 - Customers of 400 Kum & Go stores in 11 states contributed $1 or more in a Help Joplin campaign. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle J. Krause presented a check to the American Red Cross for $115,000.

  13. 07/12/11 - ESPN SportsCenter anchor and co-host of ABC's Wipeout, John Anderson on behalf of the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation presented a $10,000 donation to the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Foundation supporters donated an additional $12,500 for a total donation of $22,500. In addition, the group donated school supplies collected during the John Anderson Celebrity Golf Invitational on July 10-11.

  14. 07/14/11 - Cars4Heroes was at the American Legion Post 13 located at 413 Schifferdecker Ave. to present several cars to local veterans who were affected by the May 22nd tornado. Cars4Hereos is a not-for-profit organization that provides free basic transportation to disadvantaged individuals who are not able to obtain it on their own.

  15. 07/21/11 - Verizon Wireless has donated $10,000 to Lafayette House as part of the company's HopeLine program dedicated to ending domestic violence. The special grant was made in response to the tornado and will be used for additional child care, case management and shelter services.

  16. 07/21/11 - Joplin School's own Adopt-an-Eagle program will announce that it is providing a free backpack filled with school supplies for every student within the district.

  17. The Sallie Mae Fund and DWS Investments (the retail brand of Deutsche Bank's global asset management division) have each donated $10,000 to the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Upromise Investments, a subsidiary of Sallie Mae, and DWS Investments partner with Missouri state treasurer Clint Zweifel to manage MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan.

  18. 08/22/11 - The DC Chapter of the Joplin Expats raised in excess of $4500 for the Joplin Boys and Girls Club. Missouri Congressman Billy Long sponsored the event July 28 held at the Dubliner Irish Pub near Capitol Hill with a $500 donation. Senator Claire McCaskill donated $250. The benefit was organized by Dannielle LeTendre, April Stanley Njari, Njari Gitonga, Kirsten Snyder and Andrea Hicklin.

  19. 07/26/11 - The associates of Edward Jones of St. Louis will be delivering 55 boxes of school supplies to North Middle School, 102 N. Gray St. Included not only are school supplies for students but teachers' supplies like flash cards, highlighters, reference books, room decorations, binder clips and sticky notes. This is in reaction to the destruction of two Edward Jones branch offices and the homes of five associates in Joplin, according to an EJ spokesperson.

  20. 08/05/11: Volkswagon Group of America has contributed $10,000 to Joplin's Habitat for Humanity thanks to Joplin native, Christian Torres, assistant general counsel, sales and marketing.

  21. 08/09/11 - Staples has donated 1300 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, 317 Comingo Ave., Joplin.

  22. 08/09/11 - Representatives from the Heritage and Social Affairs Department of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC announced the initial donation of $500,000 toward the R-8's $2.7 million One to One initiative to provide laptop computers for all Joplin High School students to be used in lieu of traditional textbooks. The UAE will match all other donations to the effort up to an additional $500,000 for a total of $1 million.

  23. 08/16/11 - Top Flight, one of Missouri Southern State University's bookstore vendors, has donated 109 cartons of spiral notebooks and filler paper to Joplin's East Middle School, chosen because it is Southern's Bright Futures partner. The middle school that was heavily damaged in the May 22 tornado currently is located at Crossroads Industrial Park, 7501 E. 26th St.

  24. 08/19/11 - Joplin Area Catholic Schools is slated to receive two school buses and one mini bus, a donation from John D. Corr Jr., president of The Trans Group of Spring Valley, NY. Corr's donation program is in cooperation with the Order of Malta, a worldwide lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. The delivery is to the McAuley Catholic High School parking lot.

  25. 8/21/11 - The net proceeds from the auction of singer Sheryl Crow's 1959 Mercedes Benz 190L Roadster will be donated to the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The winning bid was $143,000.

  26. 08/22/11 - 54,000 eggs compliments of American farmers and the American Egg Board will be donated to the Ozarks Food Harvest of Springfield, the agency that has been involved in long-term relief for Joplin tornado victims. The donation and breakfast at Missouri Southern State University on August 21 are part of the Good Egg Project, an initiative by America's egg farmers to educate people about eggs and encourage hunger relief in the U.S.

  27. 08/22/11 - Joplin Parks and Recreation will be presented with $15,000 contributed by McAlister's Corp. and local franchisee Bothwell-Saxton in honor of Joplin's designation as a Tea Town USA. Those funds together with $1,000 donated by McAlister's employees will go toward renovation of Cunningham Park. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at Cunningham Park.

  28. 08/25/11 - Umicore, a global materials technology group with locations all over the world including Quapaw, OK, has donated over $29,000 to the Joplin High School Science Department. Dr. C.J. Huff, superintendent of Joplin Schools called the donation "vital to rebuilding our science department."

  29. 08/27/11 - Kansas City artists "Twist & Shout" fundraiser at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center raised $23,000 for Joplin artists and art programs.

  30. 08/29/11 - Crowder College has awarded nearly $35,000 to Crowder College students affected by the May 22 tornado taking at least six credit hours and be eligible for financial age. The money came from USA Funds and private donations made to the Crowder College Foundation.

  31. 09/01/11 - Missouri Southern State University President Bruce W. Speck and his wife Carmen are the first to contribute $3,000 to the Alvarez-Khoury-Lansaw Memorial Scholarship in honor of three people associated with the university who died during the May 22 tornado. Dr. José Alvarez was a member of the MSSU faculty, Abraham "Abe" Khoury was a student and Donald Lansaw was the husband of staff member Bethany Lansaw. He gave his life to protect his wife, shielding her body as the two of them took shelter from the storm. To contribute to this endowed scholarship which means the principal remains in tact phone the MSSU Foundation at (417) 659-4436.

  32. 09/9/11-09/10/11 - The employees of KPMG, the US audit, tax and advisory firm and a national corporate partner of the New York Says Thank You Foundation's National 9/11 Flag Tour, donated 500 books to children of St. Mary's Elementary School and is donating 500 more books to children in the community during the Stars of Hope project on the Missouri Southern State University campus.

  33. 09/24/11 - The 7th Annual Webbstock Marching Festival raised $15,000 for the Joplin Band Tornado Relief Fund. $5,000 is earmarked for specific music. Remaining funds will be disbursed based upon needs. The Webb City Cardinal Pride Band donated a John Deere "Gator" tractor to replace Joplin's band vehicle covered by rubble. Not figured in the $15,000 donation were goods distributed free to families last May at Webb City's bus barn that included truckloads of clothes and supplies. Representing the Cardinal Pride was Diana Williams, band director and accepting the donations for Joplin was Rick Castor, director. More than 7,000 people were estimated to have attended the festival this year.

  34. 09/27/11 - The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded Preferred Family Healthcare $15,000 to help offset travel/housing costs for families whose children are receiving residential substance abuse services in other parts of the state. PFH was forced to shut down their adolescent residential substance abuse services after the tornado destroyed a group home as well as their facility. In July PFH had sold their new residential center to Mercy Hospital to assist in filling the gap of shortages of inpatient psychiatric beds.

  35. 09/29/11 - Habitat for Humanity's International's Women Build program underwritten by Lowe's Home Improvement is donating $100,000 and providing 30 women volunteers to construct houses during the 10-house blitz build in Joplin. The build will take place from Oct. 29 to Nov. 13 in a Joplin neighborhood that was in the tornado's path. For more info on this project go here.

  36. 10/11/11 - The Southern Foundation of Missouri Southern State University with the assistance of a grant from the Chicago-based ll-10-02 Foundation, has awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to Justin Baird of Kansas City, junior mass communications major and Kylie Schiermeier of Joplin, senior nursing major. The MSSU Office of Financial Aid with the assistance of personnel has awarded two additional tornado-related scholarships of $1,000 each to Miranda Christensen of Joplin, sophomore criminal justice/law enforcement major and Tiana Clemons of Joplin, freshman psychology/public relations major. Recipients were selected based on demonstrated financial need prior to the tornado, losses due to the tornado and community service after the tornado. Baird's residence was damaged by the tornado; he helped dig people out of the 26th Street area the week after the tornado. Schiermeier was trapped inside Walmart during the tornado; she distributed sandwiches and quilts to victims afterward. Christensen's home was considered a total loss and the address now is an empty lot; she assisted her elderly neighbors with cleaning up their property and salvaging their belongings. Clemons experienced damage to her home, loss of vehicle and loss of job; she assisted tornado victims overs the summer by helping with distribution of supplies.

  37. 10/27/11 - Singer/composer Barry Manilow was on hand in Junge Stadium on October 27, 2011 to present more than $300,000 worth of instruments to the Joplin Schools music program that had been devastated by the effects of the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed a number of Joplin schools. see more here.

  38. 10/28/11 - A team of 140 volunteers from Lockton, a Kansas City, MO insurance and risk management company, presented a $32,000 grant in cooperation with the Fireman's Fund Insurance to the Joplin Fire Dept. to replace firefighting equipment lost in the tornado. The new equipment includes two brush skids and machinery to fight brush fires.

  39. 11/01/11 - Information Technology Disaster Resource Center on behalf of the Missouri Rental Dealers Association has promised to donate 12 desktop computers to the Four State Christian Home Schoolers Association and 12 notebook computers to AmeriCorps representatives at the Joplin volunteer center. The computer lab of the First State Christian Home Schoolers will be available after school hours to provide adults with access to computer training, continuing education courses and online job searches; one location for this is the Joplin Family Worship Center, 5290 E. 7th St. The donation to AmeriCorps will replace those computers currently on loan from Missouri Southern State University.

  40. 11/08/11 - Representatives from Pizza Hut presented 1400 books to Cecil Floyd Elementary School, 2201 W. 24th St. The books were collected during book drives held during two kids' nights held at local Pizza Hut restaurants as part of Pizza Hut's Book It program that rewards students for reading.

  41. 11-09-11 - Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are donating more than $1 million in gifts and in-kind donations to Joplin’s recovery. Grants being given in connection with the grand opening celebration include: Missouri Army National Guard HHC 203rd Engr. Bn. – $1,000, U.S. Army Reserve 414th MP Co. – $1,000, Webb City Police Department – $1,250, Webb City Fire Department – $1,250, Animal Adoption and Resource Center (formerly Joplin Humane Society) – $2,000, Joplin Police Department – $2,500, Joplin Fire Department – $2,500, Carl Junction Police/Fire Department – $2,500, Duquesne Police/Fire Department – $2,500, Carterville Police/Fire Department – $2,500, Seneca Police/Fire Department – $2,500, Eastern Shawnee Tribe Police Department – $3,000, Watered Gardens – $25,000, Children’s Haven of SW MO – $30,000, Freeman-Oak Hill Health System – $30,000, Boys and Girls Club of SW Missouri – $33,000, Joplin Area Catholic Schools – $35,000, St. John’s Hospital Foundation – $40,000, Joplin R-VIII School District – $45,000.

  42. 11/14/11 - Managers from area Walgreens stores presented the Joplin High School Band and music department with $8400 raised through the Walgreens corporate office and a recent local golf tournament.

  43. 11/17/11 - Representatives from Dorman Products will present Franklin Technology Center's automotive technology program with cabinets and a variety of fasteners. The donation was facilitated in part by O'Reilly Auto Parts and helps to replenish supplies lost in the May 22 tornado that are needed to conduct repair procedures.

  44. 11/29/11 - Minister Richard Chambers and other representatives from the Church of Christ, 1819 E. 26th St., Joplin will present a check for $25,000 to Operation Rising Eagle, the rebuilding fund for Joplin Schools. The donation is made in memory of Bill and Sarah Anderson, congregants who lost their lives in the May 22 tornado. Sarah Anderson was a long time employee of Joplin Schools, most recently at South Middle School; Bill Anderson was a Church of Christ deacon.

  45. 11/30/11 - A donation from Roper Automotive Group will be made to Joplin Schools. During the month of November the group set aside $500 from each car sold for Joplin Schools to help in their rebuilding efforts. The contribution totaled $75,000 with a matching contribution from the UAE, bringing the total to $150,000.

  46. 12/01/11 - Using Skype, students from West View Middle School in Morristown, TN formerly will present the books purchased during a benefit book drive that were recommended by Bonnie Turner, librarian, to students at East Middle School while East Middle School students open the boxes of books.

  47. 12/03/11 - More than 500 gift cards worth a total value of $13,800 will be given to residents of the FEMA housing units in a distribution at the Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin. The event sponsored by Heartland Technology Solutions has been made possible due to the efforts of technology distributor Ingram Micro and contributions from computer dealers across the country who attended Ingram's national dealer meeting this past October in Las Vegas.

  48. 12/06/11 - A $50,000 grant has been presented by the AT&T Foundation to the Joplin Chamber of Commerce acting as fiscal agent for Joplin Tomorrow, the group formed in June 2011 by former US Senator John C. Danforth whose mission is to rebuild businesses affected by the tornado or attract new ones to Joplin. The grant will fund low-or no-interest loans to businesses that want to locate in the vast area destroyed by the tornado.

  49. 12/12/11 - Bridge Records, an independent record label based in New Rochelle, New York, has donated 109 classical compact discs from their catalog for the rebuilding of the media library at the future Joplin High School.

  50. 12/16/11 - Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri received a $10,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation as part of its Holiday Giving Program. CCSM will be using most of the funds to help rebuild and restore families' lives through their Home Rebuilding Partnership with Joplin church partners. The agency helped a family move into their home on Pennsylvania that was destroyed by the May 22 tornado. The home owners received the maximum amount from FEMA of $30,200 and spent about half of that before CCSM stepped in to help.

  51. 12/16/11 - The Springfield Academy Sports & Outdoors store will be donating 30 20-inch bicycles with helmets to Joplin Schools. A ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria of Jefferson Elementary School, 130 McKinley Ave. The Joplin Schools will determine what criteria is used to distribute the bikes.

  52. 12/16/11 - Representatives from Springfield area Barnes & Noble stores presented books and more than $6000 in gift cards to East Middle School, 7501 E. 26th St.

  53. 12/19/12 - Representatives with the Missouri Trucking Association will donate $15,000 towards the purchase of Barnes & Noble Nook e-readers for students at East, North and South Middle Schools.

  54. 12/19/11 - Working with representatives from Walmart a donor who wishes to remain anonymous is donating about 70 bikes to Joplin Schools' elementary school students.

  55. 12/21/11 - It was announced today that the Joplin High School Vocal Music Department is a $25,000 first place winner in the "Glee Give a Note Contest" sponsored by the Give a Note Foundation of the National Association for Music Education and promoted by Twentieth Century Fox Television and Home Entertainment. In all $1 million will be distributed to 73 schools. The funds to help save struggling music programs are awarded by a panel composed of NAfME members from finalists who received the most votes (JHS students conducted a massive grass roots effort to gather votes) for videos posted here. The money will be used locally to restore lost music, equipment and performance attire.

  56. 12/23/11 - With the help of donations of $45 from families, individuals and local businesses Ignite Church, 7th & Maiden Lane in Joplin, under the lead of Pastor Shane Munn delivered Christmas gifts to 361 Division of Family Services' foster kids, some who were tornado survivors who had to be moved to different homes.

  57. 12/27/11 - AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster relief & humanitarian aid organization in Stamford, CT, has awarded a $40,810 grant part of their U.S. disaster recovery initiative launched in August to expand women's health services by the Economic Security Corp. of Southwest Area. Demand for services at the agency's Women's Health Clinic has risen since the tornado damaged St. John's Hospital and destroyed many physicians' offices. Since at the same time the loss of jobs in Joplin has made it difficult for patients to afford even the discounted fees charged at the clinic, the grant was deemed necessary to allow the ESC to hire a nursing assistant to meet the increased demand for one year, provide vouchers for free medical procedures to 40 patients and provide transportation vouchers for 40 patients needing them.

  58. 01/10/12 - Carthage artist Sherry Pettey has donated a mural on several panels highlighting the history of Joplin Schools. Temporarily it will be housed at the JHS 9-10 campus, 310 W. 8th St.

  59. 01/10/12 - Representatives from the Lions Club International District M-6 presented a $10,000 donation, $5,000 from a grant from the Lions Club International Foundation, to Joplin Schools. The funds will be used to provide landscaping around East Middle School.

  60. 01/12/12 - The Department of Conservation has awarded Joplin a $10,000 grant through the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance program for tree pruning and publications, according to an announcement by Sen. Ron Richard.

  61. 1/13/12 - Convoy of Hope of Springfield has established the Extreme Hope Fund with $1,000,000 to assist homeowners who have fallen through the cracks. For more information phone the Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee at (417) 625-9192. Other aid from this agency includes assistance in building 10 homes in Joplin and following the tornado rushing 2.6 million pounds of food, water and supplies to the community.

  62. 01/16/12 - Heartland Technology representatives will present equipment, including services, valued at more than $60,000 to Joplin Schools at their offices, 3:30 p.m., 526 S. Main, Joplin. Traci House, Joplin Schools Director of Technology, explains, “The tornado wreaked havoc on our core servers and this donation of large capacity, high-end technology assures the uninterrupted process of tasks and functions critical to the success of Joplin Schools. We are extremely grateful to Hewlett-Packard and Heartland Technology Solutions for this incredible contribution.”

  63. 01/17/12 - Fundraising Works, Inc., 1115 Illinois, Joplin at Eastmoreland School at 3:30 p.m. will present a check for $7500 to Bright Futures on behalf of 30 area elementary schools. Fundraising Works normally empowers schools to earn money for their own pressing needs but decided to create a program so that they could raise money for Joplin Schools. Customers have the option to donate between 2 to 5% of their earned profits from their fundraisers. Fundraising Works pledges to match the donations up to 2% of their profits.

  64. 01/18/12 - Representatives from the 1st Annual Chad Wampler Memorial Golf Tournament will present a check to Operation Rising Eagle, Joplin Schools rebuilding fund. The golf tournament was held last fall in memory of Carthage resident Chad Wampler, who was known for his dedication to community service. The presentation will take place at 3:30 pm, at Joplin Schools Administration Building, 3901 E 32nd St., Joplin,

  65. 01/25/12 - Target Corp. has awarded Joplin Schools a grant for $100,000 to support Operation Rising Eagle, the rebuilding fund. Viewers of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" were asked to submit the name of a school in need along with a compelling story explaining why they thought the designated school should receive a grant. Based upon the information received, Target selected 48 schools and two school districts to receive grants.

  66. 01/31/12 - It was announced today that Convoy of Hope, the Christian-based non-profit relief agancy, will provide 18 homes in the Joplin devastated neighborhoods. The homes built under George Van Hoesen of Global Green Building will be using the ThermoForm system developed by TF Forming Systems that claims to be energy efficient and disaster resistant.

  67. 02/01/12 - Ninety-nine Edward Jones financial advisors contributed a total of $33,106 to the Joplin Tomorrow Fund and the Edward Jones Charitable Committee has added matching funds bringing the total to $63,106. A check for that amount will be presented to Dwight Douglas, chairman of the fund.

  68. 02/24/12 - Go Beyond Barrington, a student-led organization from Illinois led by Jake Herb and members of his Boy Scout troop raised more than $13,000 to support the Joplin Schools Industrial Technology and Fine Arts programs.

  69. 3/12/12 - Kansas City-based Netchemia, a provider of talent management solutions for K-12 school districts nationwide, has contributed an Internet-based TalentEd Recruit and Hire system to Joplin Schools. It was their way of reaching out after the May tornado. Those interested in a career with Joplin Schools now have the option of reviewing available positions and submitting their applications online.

  70. 03/15/12 - The property at the corner of 24th and Ohio has been donated to Joplin Schools by Drs. Navid Zaidi and his wife Tabassum Saba. Their home on the property had been destroyed by the May 22, 2011 tornado. The Zaidi's lot will be incorporated into the overall site plan for the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center.

  71. 03/27/12 -Boulevard Bank in Neosho presented a check for $10,000 to the JACC Business Recovery Fund.

  72. 04/05/12 - The Missouri State Elks Association recently donated several $250 VISA gift cards totaling $16,750 to Joplin Schools. The cards will be used by teachers in their classrooms to purchase tools to augment their learning environments at Franklin Technology Center and the elementary schools affected by the May 22 tornado.

  73. 04/27/12 - Jim Forbes, chief photographer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch presented the city of Joplin with two dozen framed large prints depicting media coverage of the May 22, 2011 tornado. The prints had been the subject of a gallery showing by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission in order to raise money for the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Many people who bought the photos donated them back to the St. Louis group. Participating in the benefit were Schiller Printing of St. Louis and Hobby Lobby who offered a sizeable discount on the frames.

  74. 05/02/12 - The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is donating Res-Q-Jacks with accessories and Paratech systems worth more than $19,000 to the Joplin Fire Dept. This life-saving equipment will be essential in the event of structural collapses from natural disasters, vehicle extrication and well rescues. The foundation launched a national fundraiser that allowed guests of restaurants the opportunity to "round up" their bills to the nearest dollar.

  75. 5/10/12 - The Department of Conservation provided a pruning grant--funding that helped identify the trees that could be saved in the parks that were in the path of the tornado--, grants to produce tree education brochures as well as fund an arborist position to work with the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department to plan and execute tree planting events from donors across the country.

  76. 5/18/12 - A ceremony marked the donation of $5 million by the United Arab Emirates Embassy to Mercy Hospital Joplin. The money will be used to help build pediatric and neonatal intensive care units on the site of the new hospital complex at I-44 and Hearnes Boulevard.

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  77. 5/22/12 - Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope in partnership with Convoy of Hope handed the keys for her new home at 2528 S. Bird Ave., Joplin, over to Helen Owen. The agencies are funding the construction of two homes with a new type of forming system that can withstand 200 mph winds and make the homes extremely energy efficient.

  78. 5/22/12- Part of the tree-dedication ceremony at the Day of Remembrance in Cunningham Park are the 40 trees donated by the foundation of the Longaberger Company of Newark, Ohio. A fundraiser was kicked off in September 2011 when Tami Longaberger, CEO, announced that a portion of the sales of her 2011 Fall Basket Tour would go towards the purchase of the trees.

  79. 6/15/12 - Church World Service, a global humanitarian organization, has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee to assist in meeting the needs of tornado survivors.

  80. 06/16/12 - Joplin Schools Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff was presented with a check for $14,500 (additional monies made the total donation $18,000) from representatives with Jack Henry & Associates for Bright Futures. The contribution was mostly from the proceeds of the annual John W. "Jack" Henry Memorial Charity Golf Classic held in Monett.

  81. 6/23/12 - First Response Team Remembers Joplin - their contributions may be seen here.

  82. 7/2/12 - PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. (PotashCorp - Joplin) today announced a $250,000 donation to the Joplin Schools Foundation to help build a stateof-the-art learning centre for Joplin, Missouri’s high school and career/technical school.

  83. 7/13/12 - The Joplin Memorial Run Operations Committee has donated $10,161 each ($30,483) to its three partner charities: Bright Futures of Joplin, Rebuild Joplin and the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. These contributions are in addition to the nearly $3,000 donated directly by runners. The Joplin Memorial Run was created as a way to honor the 161 people who lost their lives in the May 22nd, 2011 tornado and to provide hope to the Joplin community while at the same time staging a first class event that runners will come back for again and again. Next year's run will take place on May 18, 2013.

  84. 08/16/12 - AGC Charities Inc., a national construction charity organization, has contributed $5,000 for the Home Sweet Homes USA Project to assist tornado-stricken senior citizens. The AGC Student Chapter at Kansas State University will be donating their time and labor.

  85. 08/17/12 - Two more minibuses donated by John D. Corr Jr, president of Trans Group of Spring Valley, NY in cooperation with the Order of Malta, a lay religious order of the Catholic Church, were donated to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and Joplin Area Catholic Schools. Catholic Charities plans to remove the seats from one minibus and use it daily in its Repair/Rebuild Program to transport equipment and supplies to construction sites. They have completed repairs to over 100 homes and constructed five new ones since the tornado on May 22, 2011. The other bus will be used to provide transportation for students. Following the tornado, Corr previously had donated three buses to JACS.

For a website devoted to recovery donations (even from kids in New York City selling lemonade) go here.

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