Joplin relief efforts continue at UA and in Fayetteville
Students who wish to help the victims of the F-5 tornado in Joplin have multiple places to give money or food items in Fayetteville and on the UA campus.
Students can drop off non-perishable food items, clothing and toiletries at two locations on the UA campus, the Agriculture building in AGRI 220 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Tursday, and the UA Bookstore on Garland Avanue from 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, according to a UA press release.
“If the store is closed people can just leave items right inside the door,” said bookstore director Ali Sadeghi. ” Someone from the bookstore staff will pick up the items in the morning and place them in the boxes.”
There will be boxes at every entrance to the bookstore, Sadeghi said. They would like clothing, baby food, diapers and canned foods.
“We are reaching out to Wal-Mart for help,” Sadeghi said. “We are trying to work through Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Anything we can do to ease the suffering of the people of Joplin, we are willing to do.”
Fayetteville fire departments are also collecting donations, locations and contact information can be found at accessfayetteville.org.
Donations are being taken up at Cross Church in Fayetteville and Springdale.
“We don’t need voulenteers at the Fayetteville location, but they do at the Springdale location,” said Cliff Anderson, a pastor at Cross Church.
Students can call the Springdale campus at 479-751-4523, Anderson said.
“We are taking about 20 items, they are all listed on our website at crosschurch.com/fayetteville,” Anderson said.
Gail Kennedy has been taking donations with the Church of Christ.
“We were told we do not need to send anymore clothing,” Kennedy said. “We sent one truck with donations today and will be sending another very soon.”
Ozark Natural Foods will take donations during store hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m, Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., said Andrea Maillard, Ozark Natural Foods employee.
“We are not taking food items. We were told by the Red Cross that they have enough food items, so instead we are taking blankets, towels and toilletries,” Maillard said.
Two benefit concerts will be held this weekend to benefit Joplin residents. Smoke & Barrel will start the concernt at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27th. More information can be found at the Fayettevilleflyer.com. George’s will start the concernt benefit at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28th.
“There will be a $3 minimum donation to see the show,” said Brian Crowne, George’s owner.
The concert will feature, Brought to you by us, Silent waits the archer, Jarris, Dreamfast, Chemical Discipline, J0n3z and Abascinated. More details can be found on the website, http://www.georgesmajesticlounge.com/home.htm, Crowne said.