Our hearts break when we see the pictures of the destruction caused by the massive tornado on May 22nd.
Many people died in that storm. And, now, thousands of survivors are left with nothing – needing the basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.
I know that our readers have such a heart to help. Here are several great way that you can get items and cash in the right hands in order to do the most good.
Thank you to Penny Pinchin Mom for this list.
Volunteer: If you want to physically help and volunteer, you can call 800-427-4626. If you have any medical training, head to ShowMeResponse.org
Help with Long Term Relief: Often times, after storms such as these, the donations stop. You can help with the ongoing efforts by checking out Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization.
Heart of Missouri United Way: Donate $10 instantaly by “JOPLIN” to 864833.Red Cross: You can make a cash donation to the Red Cross to help victims on both sides of the state line by heading to their site and donating. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate.
Heart to Heart International: This is a company based out of Olathe, KS. You can donate online at www.hearttoheart.org , calling 913-764-5200, or mailing it to 401 S. Clairborne, Suite 302, Olathe, KS 66062. You can also sign up to volunteer if you have medical training — call 913-764-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also put together hygiene kits — get more information on Heart to Heart’s website at www.hearttoheart.org.
Humane Society: You can make a donation to help the animals affected by the storm by heading to www.hsmo.org .
Missouri Mavericks: The Missouri Mavericks are collecting bottled water, clothing, toiletries and other donations at their team store at the Independence Event Center until 6 p.m. Monday, May 23.
Northland Auto Body and Tow: They are taking donations for blankets, bottled water, toiletries, canned goods, radios, tarps, flashlights, batteries and clothing to be dropped off at 64th and Chattham. For more information call 816-741-2588.
You can also donate blood in your area as well. This is always a great way to step forward and help.
If you know of other resources for helping the survivors of the tornado, please let us know in the comment section.