In 2011, the Missouri Nurses Foundation created a relief fund to assist Joplin area nurses after the catastrophic EF5 tornado on May 22. We were successful in raising over $24,500!!
100% of the donations received went directly toward Joplin relief.
Donations flooded in from our fellow state nurses associations all across the United States. We also had donations from as far away at Italy and Qatar!!! The outpouring of generosity was overwhelming.
Over 340 nurses came by the MNF Relief Effort Event on Friday, July 29, 2011!! We distributed lots of goodies with assistance from Missouri Nurses Association, McAllisters, Crocs, Panera, 3M, ModernLitho, American Nurses Association, Missouri Department of Mental Health, General Printing, Promark Solutions, and Genesis. The Assistance Forms were reviewed and direct assistance went to 22 nurses. Nurses Helping Nurses - Joplin Relief Effort Press Release
Some comments from our generous contributors:
- Nurses stand up for one another. Take care. - Briget (Arvada, Colorado)
- The people of Joplin are in my thoughts and prayers. So proud of the amazing work of the RNs and other healthcare personnel who are assisting with the relief efforts. - Tina (Albany, New York)
- God Bless all of you, from a South Dakota CRNA! - Paul (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
- May God Bless Everyone in Joplin MO. - Lynn (Ashburn, Virginia)
- Wish with all my heart I could be there to help all of you out. My prayers and condolences to all of you. - Karen (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
- Joining other CRNAs to help the victims of this horrible catastrophe. - William (Miami, Florida)
- My thoughts are with all of you... - Janet (Fort Collins, Colorado)
- God Bless the people of Joplin and the nurses who are in the trenches. - Madonna (Farmington, Missouri)
- From one heart nurse, to the nurses in MO reaching out with their hearts; hope this helps. - Chris (Westford, Massachusetts)
- My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I can not imagine what you nurse's had to go through taking care/evacuating patients while knowing your life was at risk. It really shows what a caring profession nursing is. - Patricia (Columbus, Ohio)
- The entire nursing community is in my prayers, and for those of you who have suffered the loss of loved ones, i pray that you will feel some healing peace. May God grant you the strength and wisdom and courage to move forward with bring your community back. Please know that your brothers and sisters within the profession are praying mightily that you might feel God's presence and peace. - Barbara (Daytona Beach, Florida)
- As a former Joplinite, my heart is with you all the way from Doha, Qatar. Midwest people have more strength than any I know. - Linda (Riverton, Kansas)
- From one nurse to another, or many others, we continue to pray for you and admire your selfless service to your patients, in spite of your own losses. - Shirley (Columbia, Missouri)
- May you find the strength to rise above. You are heroes, everyday! - Rhonda (Oregon, Illinois)
- May all the nurses who were at St. Johns and all who are helping be blessed for serving in such a difficult time. - Linda (Pueblo, Colorado)
Photos of St. John's Hospital: exterior and interior