The images from Joplin, Missouri, are difficult to look at after a devastating tornado ripped through the city Sunday evening leaving 90 dead and many more missing. The destruction is extensive with early estimates showing 10 to 20 percent of the city's buildings as being severely damaged including several homes, schools, and a hospital where almost 200 patients had to be evacuated (pictured here). Electricity, natural gas, and telephone communication are down in several parts of the city as well.
It's frustrating to sit idly by when the people of Joplin are suffering so profusely. In addition to thoughts and prayers, here are six ways to help the Joplin tornado victims.
There are several organizations accepting donations to provide food, shelter, medical care/supplies, and other aid to tornado victims:
-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 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. Call 211 or 1-800-427-4626 or visit Show-Me Response.
For even more giving opportunities as well as recovery updates, visit Facebook.
Where are you donating?
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