HOPE Station in Joplin: An Update

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Communications Specialist, Midland Division

It is our greatest desire to help the people of Joplin find HOPE as they move on from this disaster. In that vein, we have partnered with HOPE Station to create a 5-week Oasis on the site of our former thrift store (demolished by the tornado) at 26th Street & S. Main, which will run daily through 7/4/11.

This site is a developing project that is meant to be a place for residents and workers to come for physical and spiritual refuge as they dig through the rubble and work to rebuild. The Salvation Army’s HOPE Station is located in the heart of the destruction, and is a stark juxtaposition to its surroundings, providing levity and love.

The station will change over time, but will include a KIDS Station with donated toys; a TEENS Station with video games; a FAMILY station; live music, including some national Christian recording artists; pampering; food; devotions, and recovery resources. There is even a Free Family Photo tent that has been set up, with photographer volunteers.

Stephanie Tillman of HOPE Station reports the following needs:

  • Nurseries to donate plants/flowers that they can be put around the parking lot, so that people can see life growing in the middle of the devastation, and so that people may take them home and care for them in their hotels and temporary lodging.
  • Donations so that more HOPE T-Shirts can be given to residents.
  • Volunteers to come and donate a full day or 2 throughout the next 5 weeks should contact Lisa Burns at 816.719.4880 or email thehopestation@ikros.com.
  • We would like to have a Father’s Day celebration to give fathers respite as they recover. Anyone that might be willing to donate tools as gifts for rebuilding, or food for the event should contact thehopestation@ikros.com.
  • We are in constant need of entertainers willing to give of their time to help lift the spirits of the people in Joplin. We are looking for theater troupes, dancers, singers, bands, choirs, motivational speakers, magicians, comedians, photographers, videographers and artists. If you’re interested, call Emily at 870-830-2515 or email thehopestation@ikros.com.  
  • Donated items for the duration: speakers, 6-foot long tables, folding chairs, portable A/C units.

… and prayers! We always need prayers. Continue to pray for volunteers, EDS workers and those we are helping, that we can help them from sinking into despair and can fill that void with HOPE.

Monetary donations:

The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click HERE to make a donation by credit card. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado” or “Joplin Hope Station.” 

Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado” or “Joplin Hope Station.”

Cell phone users may text JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation, charged to their cell phone bill. (Text, Data or other charges may apply).

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