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Looking at photos from the destructive tornado that tore through Joplin yesterday shows how much work needs to be done. If you’d like to lend a helping hand, here are some ways you can contribute to the effort.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Joplin, which is located at Missouri Southern State University. To donate money, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Also, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate an automatic $10.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations for disaster relief efforts. To donate $10, you can text the word ARMY to 90999. To pay by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit salvationarmy.us.
State Emergency Management Agency
SEMA’s site lists major non-profits so that you can donate to the organization of your choice, or you can call 800-427-4626 to find out how you can donate products or services.
Joplin food and supply drive
Delta Chi is organizing a food and supply drive to help the people of Joplin. Bring bottled water, canned goods, batteries, flashlights, clothing and other items to the back door of 501 Turner Ave near 5th St, and the items will be taken to the Joplin area.
The Isle of Capri
The Isle of Capri casino and hotel in Boonville is accepting donations of water, non-perishable food, diapers, formula and hygiene items. Donations can be dropped off in the casino lobby.
Blue Ridge Christian Church
The church is accepting donations for the people of Joplin. They are asking for bottled water, fruit, baby formula, breakfast bars, towels, pillows, toys and basic toiletries. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in helping or going to Joplin.
Operation Give: CoMo Cares
Head to the Sears parking lot at the Columbia Mall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to donate blankets, pillows, clothing, toilet paper, tooth brushes, diapers, bottled water and food items. Fry-Wagner Moving Co. will transport the items to the Salvation Army in Joplin.
Some news organizations and other individuals have come out with lists for the relief effort. MSNBC lists several organizations, including how to reach the Joplin Red Cross. Click here for a detailed spreadsheet of donation centers throughout Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas; the nearest locations include the Isle of Capri in Boonville and Check Please in Columbia.
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