(The following news release was issued by Southwest Missouri Bank.)
Immediately following the devastating tornado that swept through Joplin on May 22, Southwest Missouri Bank (SMB) opened an account to help the Joplin community. On May 23, the account was opened with a $10,000 initial deposit from SMB. Since then, donations have come in from Joplin and across the country. All money donated is earmarked to go to the Red Cross, and will stay in Joplin.
“One of our first actions after the storm was to set up the account and make sure it would go directly to our neighbors in the Joplin community,” SMB Marketing Director Peggy Fuller said. “At Southwest Missouri Bank, we take our responsibility to the communities we serve seriously, and want to help our neighbors and our friends during these difficult times.”
“The account is growing every day, and while the donations are generally in small increments, it is adding up quickly,” Fuller added. “We are constantly amazed by the generosity and willingness to help that we’ve seen, and appreciate each and every donation.”
Donations to the account are currently being accepted at any SMB location, and donations from outside of the immediate area can be sent to Southwest Missouri Bank, ATTN: Tornado Relief Fund, 4000 E. 7th St., Joplin, MO 64801. Those interested in making online donations can go directly to the local Red Cross site at www.redcross-ozarks.org.
Committed to the communities they serve, SMB is the largest locally-owned community bank in Southwest Missouri. A leader in offering quality banking services since 1979, SMB takes pride in offering their customers the convenience, friendly service, and professional expertise expected from a financial advisor. With 11 branches and more than 35 ATM's in Southwest Missouri, SMB is known for keeping their customers first, at all times.