Joplin, Missouri was devastated by severe weather that resulted in a tornado that ripped through the town. The storms destroyed nearly a quarter of Joplin’s homes and businesses over the weekend. The death toll has reached over 100 and it continues to climb as volunteers search through the rubble for survivors. Many people are still unaccounted for and this community need help. There are a number of ways we all can help the victims of the destruction, a few of them are listed below.
American Red Cross
The shelter in Joplin is located at Missouri Southern State University, and the Red Cross is working to provide transportation to the shelter for those in need. The Red Cross is also distributing food, cleanup supplies and comfort kits, and sending health workers to provide immediate care. Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or visit the website to donate, give blood or volunteer.
The Heart of Missouri United Way has established the Tornado Relief Fund to help victims. Text “JOPLIN” to 864833 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-573-443-4523. The United Way of Greater St. Louis is accepting donations and volunteers to help those impacted in the Joplin area. Those interested in volunteering should list their availability and expertise on their Joplin Storm Recovery Volunteer Form. For more opportunities to volunteer with United Way, call 1-800 427-4626.
The Salvation Army has mobilized four feeding kitchens in impacted areas of Joplin. It is also providing relief to other cities that were hit by the weekend tornadoes in Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Salvation Army’s disaster-relief efforts in Joplin can be supported by texting “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. You can also donate through their website or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
AmeriCares has sent disaster-relief personnel to Joplin, and it’s working with Access Family Care Clinic to help victims. This expands AmeriCares’ tornado relief operation, which has been assisting various Southern states as they recover from their own recent tornado outbreak. Donations to AmeriCares can be made online or by phone at 1-800-486-HELP.
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