UPDATE: Family to Match $50,000 in Joplin Donations

8 years 10 months 1 week ago Tuesday, May 24 2011 May 24, 2011 Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:58:00 PM CDT May 24, 2011 in News
By: Brian Johnson
loading

COLUMBIA -After only two days the Heart of Missouri United Way has raised over $212,000 to aid victims of the tornado in Joplin, MO.

The day started with the announcement of an anonymous mid-Missouri family pledging up to $50,000 in donations.

"We have had people from all over the country just calling in, donating online, texting-to-give, it has just been absolutely incredible," said Brent Beshore, a United Way board member and creator of the Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery facebook page. The page now has more than 147,000 members and grows by thousands more each hour.

"The stuff that happened in Joplin is devastating," said Jackie Johnson, a volunteer for the United Way. "You want to help someway, I don't have a lot of money, I definitely have the time so I thought I would donate that."

"Generally United Ways charge an admin[istration] fee for handling money it is part of how we operate," said Timothy Rich, executive director of the Heart of Missouri United Way. "We have decided not to charge any admin fees at all, and we are going to cover locally we are going to cover the costs of the online donations and text to give processing fees on our end so that donors know 100 percent of their contributions to this disaster relief effort go directly to the people of Joplin."

All the money raised will be given to tornado victims through the local United Way in Joplin. United Way is also working closely with both Federal and State Emergency Management Agencies to get aid to victims.

"We have been getting calls from around the world. I got a call last night from a Doctor in Saudi Arabia who wanted to make a contribution online and who also wanted to see if he could if we could help him find a loved one who lived in Joplin," said Rich. "So the outpouring from the community not just in Columbia, or mid-Missouri across the state and literally around the world has been unbelievable."

People who wish to donate can do so by texting JOPLIN to 864833, calling 573-443-4523 or online at www.uwheartmo.org. If you would like to volunteer your time but don't know how to help visit www.211missouri.org. The United Way will also have a telethon Thursday night from 7-8 p.m that will air on KOMU.

"When a disaster like this happens it doesn't matter where it is geographically we are all affected," said Rich. "Our community has become smaller because of global information systems, and so I am thrilled to see our community, state-wide community, national community and even the international community come to the aid of our brothers and sister, our neighbors right here where we live."

"I have images in my head of what those places used to look like when I was a kid," said Beshore who grew up in Joplin. He knows people who died in the tornado. "Looking at the images I can picture myself there and it doesn't look anything like what I have in my head."

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for help to identify a suspect who threw rocks at windows of... More >>
57 minutes ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 1:15:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - John D. Varvera, 48, of Gravios Mills is charged with two felonies and denied bond after deputies... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 11:10:00 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:59:00 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri will continue remote learning for the summer term due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation,... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:45:11 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools announced updates to its learning system for students and staff, who have been working from... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:44:00 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is expected to vote on a number of emergency measures to stop the spread... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 9:44:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
LAKE OZARK - People are preparing for the governor's stay-at-home order, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The governor's... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 6:54:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has urged the usage of cloth face masks when leaving the house. The White... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 5:56:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Many people wore face masks and gloves out to shop at Lucky's Market on Sunday afternoon. The... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are bracing for what the nation's top doctor warned would be "the hardest and saddest... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — Missouri will be under a “stay at home” order starting at 12 a.m. Monday. The order, signed by... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 2:12:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 11:17:30 AM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 9:26:00 AM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 8:59:10 AM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - Lucky’s Market will close Tuesday and will later reopen as a Schnucks. Schnucks does not... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:07:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri is asking medical professionals who are not working to join a specialized state team that... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:00:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The state is working on mobilizing more personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 first responders. Slow... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
3pm 70°
4pm 71°
5pm 71°
6pm 70°