Birthday girl raises money for Joplin

                                                                                                                                       NEWS RELEASE

Girl Celebrates Birthday with Gift to Joplin


Springfield, MO


            It touches our hearts when we see children reach out and give to others in need.  It also inspires all of us to become more aware of what life is all about today.  The true spirit of “helping others” has been a part of the Ozarks for many years and was also the main focus of a young girl recently celebrating her 10th birthday. 


            Young Mandi Helmke had previously talked about getting friends together to raise money for Japan.  But then a disaster struck right here in the Ozarks on May 22.  Her thoughts shifted to helping her neighbors in need. 


            Mandi had a sleep over for her 10th birthday and all of her friends who attended made signs that said “Help Joplin.”  Later a tent was erected with the signs attached.

It included a lemonade stand to help raise money.  Mandi’s friends also went door-to-door in their neighborhoods asking for donations for Joplin.  Hunter, age 8, and Makayla, age 4, also helped their sister reach out to folks for support.


            Mrs. Helmke and her children came to the Greater Ozarks Chapter office to present Debi Meeds, Regional Executive Director of the Chapter, with $122.80 in cash.  Mandi was quite proud of her accomplishment and said, “The night the tornado struck I felt I wanted to help the people, especially another little girl.  It was a lot of fun having a lemonade stand and raising money.  I was happy to help the people in Joplin.”


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at





Joann Moore

Public Relations/Fundraising

American Red Cross

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO  65803

417-832-9500, ext. 107

Fax 417-866-3649


                                                                                                             June-Water Safety

Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Staying safe around water is more than staying near the lifeguard at the pool. Every year many children drown in residential swimming pools, bath tubs, buckets of water and other containers of water. Anywhere there is water there is risk for drowning. Do not leave a young child unattended near any source of water, not even for a moment.  For more information go to 





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