How can you help with Joplin tornado relief?

Update: May 23 at 4:35 p.m.: Several area organizations have begun donation drives for Joplin tornado relief.

Jefferson City Jaycees will be collecting for Joplin Tornado Relief today from 5-7 at the Jefferson city Jaycees fairgrounds and again Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-7. Supplies needed include: Diapers Non-perishable food, Feminine products, Toiletries, Batteries, Flashlights, bottled water, blankets, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, diapers (adult and baby), large storage containers such as Rubbermaid totes.

Starting Wednesday the JCPS will kick off a short food drive for Joplin. We'll be asking for very specific items. Stay tuned for details.

Sedalia Missouri Wal-Mart Parking Lot has a tractor trailer from Ditzfield Transfer set up with the help of local radio station Kix 105.7. Bottled water, infant supplies, toiletries, nonperish food, batteries, flashlights, tarps collected. No clothes at this time! 2-7 p.m. Monday! 8 a.m. TO 7 p.m. daily until full. Update: May 23 at 12:40 p.m.:

The following information was released by the Capital Area Red Cross chapter on drop-offs in Mid-MissouriMoney " (cash or checks made out to the Capital City Area Red Cross Chapter " memo: Disaster Relief) and dropped off at the corner of McCarty and Jackson (431 East McCarty)

Drop off points for items listed below with designated spots at these locations:

Samuel TMs Tuxedos 236 East High Street 573-634-7267First United Methodist Church 201 Monroe 573-635-6886 Hy-Vee Grocery Store: Rod " fax 893-6855; tele: 893-2505JCMG " both locations (main area and orthopedic) Janet Wear Enloe "

Jefferson City new car dealers locations:Riley Chevrolet on Christy BlvdRiley Toyta on Missouri BlvdCapital City Chrysler on Missouri BlvdCorwin Honda and Hundi on Missouri BlvdMike Kehoe Ford and Lincoln on SW BlvdThe first need is a "complete" emergency flood bucket which is a 5 gallon bucket, with lid holding the following contents:


These kits enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a disaster here in the United States.

(you can create this by purchasing a white 5 gallon bucket with lid at a grocery store, as an example, and filling:

1 five-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid1 dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz.1 roll heavy-duty trash bags, 24 to 28 count (30-45 gallon) ( remove from box)1 bottle liquid concentrated house-hold cleaner (like Lysol), 12 oz.1 bottle liquid antibacterial dish soap, (like Dawn), 25 oz.Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.50 clothes pins1 scrub brush (remove packaging)1 pair work gloves2 pairs latex gloves (like Playtex)7 sponges, assorted sizes5 scouring pads18 cleaning towels, (reusable, like Easy Wipes NO Cotton towels)5 dust masks1 bottle insect repellant (drops or lotion, not aerosol) 6-14 oz.

Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. Make sure lids on bottles are tightly closed. Put all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Seal lid with packing tape.

Additional items to consider after the priority need are:Bottled water, UnopenedBaby wipes, UnopenedToilet paper, Unopened Diapers of all sizes, UnopenedGauze bandages, UnopenedBand aids, UnopenedNeosporin, UnopenedWrapped candy, UnopenedNew ToothpasteNew ToothbrushesNew BlanketsNew Pillows

New Towels, wash clothes

Contact for further information: Sam Bushman, Samuel TMs Tuxedos 573-634-7265 or Pat Rowe Kerr, 573-462-9531 or the Capital Area Chapter Red Cross. Update: May 23 at 12:35 p.m.:If your organization or church is taking donations, leave a comment in this story and we'll get the story updated.Original Story:The extensive damage in Joplin has some wondering how they can help. Several Joplin area organizations are accepting donations.

The Heart of Missouri United Way is collecting donations. You can go to their homepage, or call (573) 443-4523 to donate.

The Red Cross is also accepting text donations. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Joplin Relief.Locally, the Columbia Food Bank on Vandiver is accepting any and all donations, including food, blankets, clothes, shovels, and other items.For people who want to volunteer, officials in Joplin are saying to work with local organizations to help. You can find information about donating on a website set up by the state government.

Several organizations across the state are accepting donations. The list can be found here.

People can find more information on donations through a Joplin tornado relief Facebook page.

There is also a website for people to look for loved ones who were in Joplin at the time of the storm and a Facebook page for people looking for loved ones.