UPDATE: Ways to Help Tornado Victims in Joplin

Here's a list of ways to help the victims of Joplin's disaster.

We're still reeling from the recent tornadoes that took lives and caused major damage in Ringgold and in Tuscaloosa. On Sunday evening, another monstrous tornado flattened Joplin, Mo., leaving more than 90 dead and many, many more missing.

Toomers for Tuscaloosa on Facebook is using this platform to reach out to their nearly 86,000 members to find ways to help those in need for Joplin as well as other recent natural disasters.

Here are other ways found on The Stir:

Missouri United Way has established the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund. To donate, either click the link or call 573-443-4523. Or text "JOPLIN" to 864833 to make a $10 donation.

-American Red Cross is also taking donations. Call 1-800-Red-Cross. Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross Chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20012.

-The Community Foundation of Kansas City has created two funds, which you can make donations to online -- the Joplin Missouri Disaster Relief Fund and the Reading Kansas Disaster Relief Fund.

-The Convoy of Hope's disaster response team is also mobilizing to provide aid. Donate online at www.convoyofhope.org or make a $10 text donation by texting the word CONVOY to 50555.

-The Salvation Army is also a great place to donate. There are four ways: Text the word "Joplin" to 80888 to make a $10 donation; call 1-800-SAL-ARMY; donate online; or send a check by mail to Joplin Tornado Relief, The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Prefer to donate time instead of money? Volunteers are always needed. Visit Show-Me Response, a volunteer registry for healthcare professionals. The number originally listed here from The Stir is incorrect.

Paige Taylor May 24, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Great resource! Thanks, Kiri!
Carolyn Cunningham May 29, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Thank you for these resources, Kiri. Also, here is a link for Samaritan's Purse if you or your group would like to help in communities recovering from the latest catastrophes: http://spvolunteernetwork.org/getting-started.aspx My daughter and I were among the many Samaritan's Purse volunteers during the Austell 2009 flood cleanup. I was highly impressed by their concern that every donor dollar was spent in the best way possible and for their concern not only for the flood victims but for the welfare of the volunteers. For instance, our team leader made sure we had enough food, enough breaks, enough water and enough of the right kind of masks to protect ourselves from mold spores.


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