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Skyview Drive-In to Host Joplin Fundraiser Friday 7/8/11

The Skyview Drive-In, the St. Louis Metro area’s last Drive-In Movie Theater, announced plans for the observance of their Anniversary. The Skyview Drive-In has been in operation continuously for the last sixty-two years since it’s opening on July 8, 1949. The celebration will take place Wednesday, July 6 through Sunday, July 10, 2011. 

There will be free miniature train rides and free hayrides all five nights.  On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, we will roll back the admission price to the original cost of $ .60 for the drivers of the first 60 cars each night. On Friday and Saturday nights, Creative Sound Entertainment will spin tunes from all decades for your listening enjoyment. Put on your dancing shoes and join us on the patio. On Sunday evening, the admission price will be $10 per car. 

Friday, July 8th will be Fox 2 Night at the Skyview.  John Pertzborn is scheduled to be there to greet the customers.  The evening will also be a night to remember the devastation of the Joplin, Missouri tornado.  The Salvation Army will be there to collect donations of relief supplies.  Items needed include non-perishable foods like canned fruits, vegetables, and meats; infant items like diapers, baby wipes and formula; sports drinks, batteries and personal hygiene items. Since this is Fox 2 Night, the Skyview Drive-In will donate $2 of each adult ticket to the Salvation Army for disaster relief in Joplin, Missouri.

The box office will open each night at 7:00pm with movies starting at 9:00pm.  Screen #1 will show “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Super 8” while Screen #2 will show

“Cars 2” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.

 For additional information, call 618-233-4400 or visit our website at skyview-drive-in.com.

 (if the media requires additional information, they can call Steve Bloomer at 618-444-5210.)


Salvation Army offers free summer camp to survivors of Joplin tornado

By: Danni R. Eickenhorst, Communications/Content Specialist, Midland Division

In light of the recent tragedy in Joplin, Missouri and the many children who were affected, The Salvation Army would like to extend an invitation to children who were directly impacted by the storm of May 22nd to attend one of three camps at Camp Mihaska in Bourbon, Mo.The camp has been a Christian retreat and sanctuary for more than 60 years, serving youth, families,churches and organizations needing spiritual and personal refuge.

The Salvation Army has long recognized the value of camping and hopes that by offering these children a week of relaxation and Christian recreation as they recover from the traumatic experiences of the last month, that they will be able to regain a sense of hope as they work to begin their new lives.

Joplin youth are welcome to register for any of the camps listed below and should contacted the Joplin Salvation Army Worship &  Community Center directly to register at  (417) 624-4528. Campers must be registered to guarantee that there will be sufficient room for them and their families.

  • Discovery Camp July 5-8, 2011 boys and girls ages 9-16
  • Family camp July 11-15,2011 Families with children ages 0 to 15
  • Family Camp 2 July 25-29, 2011 Families with children ages 0 to 15

Kansas City Chiefs tackle relief efforts in Joplin

By: Will Becker, Communications Director, Midland Division

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who leads his NFL team during the season, arrived inJoplinon June 23 and lead a group of more than 130 players, coaches and staff including General Manager Scott Pioli and President Mark Donovan in relief efforts.

Kansas City Chief punter Dustin Colquitt road through damaged neighborhoods in Joplin on a Salvation Army canteen delivering water to residents.

As part of those efforts, team officials took part in an early morning cleanup session with AmeriCorps, followed by a tour of the impacted area and then returned to greet fans at a Chiefs Fan Zone that had been set-up in a parking lot. The Zone featured inflatable play areas and games for kids, and despite the NFL lockout, players, coaches and executives sat together signing autographs and interacting with community members.

As some of his teammates were signing autographs in the Fan Zone, Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt assisted a Salvation Army canteen (mobile kitchen) in the community by delivering bottled water and other beverages to those in the impacted area.  

However, this has not been just a one day event for the Chiefs.

“This just continues our multi-step outreach efforts to help our neighbors inJoplin,” explained Chuck Castellano, community relations manager for the Chiefs. “The whole organization really got behind this from the very beginning and is very committed to helping this area for some time to come.”

 Just days after the EF-5 tornado ripped through the town, the Chiefs hosted a two-day supply drive at Arrowhead Stadium. Fans generously filled semitrailers full of water bottles and other supplies. Two full truckloads of water and a box truck full of supplies were then delivered to The Salvation Army.

 “We could not have had a better partner than The Salvation Army,” said Castellano. “We knew that The Salvation Army would make the highest possible impact with the

Major Jerold Forney, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army's Joplin relief effort, met with Kansas City Chiefs players working to assist Joplin residents on Thursday.

donated items and make sure those in need got what they needed.”

Salvation Army Social Services Moves to Oasis


Joplin, MO (June 12, 2011) The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Social Services will relocate from The Bridge to The Salvation Army Oasis located at the corner of 26th & Main Street, effective Monday June 13th. Joplin residents in need of social service support for food, clothing, gas, meals, beverages, toiletries and other critical information will find assistance at the Oasis from 9-5p.m. daily. All Salvation Army Emergency Services and assistance is free to the public.

What Joplin Will Find at The Salvation Army Oasis:




·Social Service Assistance

·Lost & Found

Seamus McDaniels BBQ to Benefit Joplin on 6/12/11: Volunteers Needed

This Sunday, there will be a benefit at Seamus McDaniel’s as 1208 Tamm Avenue in “Dogtown,” to benefit the folks in Joplin.

The good folks at Seamus McDaniels will offer a BBQ buffet with a silent auction. Those who come will have a chance to enter a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds going to The Salvation Army’s Joplin relief. There will be 3 bands and Irish dancers on hand for the afternoon. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids, so come on our and bring the whole family.

Volunteers are needed for the event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers can call 314-645-6337, and ask for Susan or Rick.

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).

Joplin Updates: Donations Needed & Donations Received

By: Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director, Milwaukee County DHQ


The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is in need of non-perishable food items. Donations can be made at The Salvation Army EDS location, 402 East 7th Street, Joplin, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. To coordinate food drives and deliveries, please call 314-603-2071.



The Salvation Army is partnering with HOPE Station to provide hope to the Joplin community. This will be a 5 week event which will include music, art, food, worship and opportunities for people to share their stories of hope. The campaign now in progress and is also held at the Salvation Army’s Oasis off 26th and Main. Included is a nightly dinner, live music, a kid’s station with donated toys, guest speakers, and more. This event will take place nightly until the 4th of July. For more information on the HOPE Station visit www.thehopestation.org.


Boy Scouts of America Troop 113 from Tomball, Texas donated a semi load of supplies and recovery wish list items to The Salvation Army Joplin Disaster Relief Effort on Tuesday, June 7th. Our sincerest thanks to Boy Scouts Troop 113 and Salem Lutheran Church, who cooperated on this fundraiser. They worked all day Saturday and Sunday to collect the items donated. “We truly hope the goods purchased and donated will come to a little benefit.  I know this is only a drop in the bucket based on the overall needs, but I always say – ‘A lot of drops will eventually fill the bucket’,” said Bryan Goodwin of Troop 113.

Ravago Americas donated the use of their company transporter for delivery of the donation.

Thank you, Scouts & Ravago Americas! Your donation is truly appreciated!

Pictured unloading with Salvation Army volunteers and staff is (far right white shirt) Jason Poff, Captain of the Joplin Salvation Army Worship & Community Center.

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