|Joplin, Missouri tornado aftermath|
By now, most of us have heard (and seen) the destruction that took place in Joplin, Missouri on yesterday. It's painful to see such loss anywhere, but especially close to home. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and people affected by this tornado.
I'm listing some ways to help if you cannot physically be there to assist.
World Vision teams are heading to Joplin, Mo., and northern Minneapolis, Minn., to assess the tornado damage. World Vision focuses on aiding children and is providing hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other relief and building items.
To donate $10, text the word "TORNADO" to 20222 or call 888-56-CHILD.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing food, shelter and emotional support in Missouri, Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.
To make a donation to the American Red Cross' Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page.
You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 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. 20013.
United WayTo donate to the United Way, call 417-624-0153.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army's emergency disaster services teams are helping to feed residents and first responders in Joplin; Reading, Kan.; and parts of Minnesota affected by the storms.
**Information from abcnews.com
We are our brothers (sisters) keeper.
To donate to the The Salvation Army's efforts, visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ and click on the donation page.
You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text "JOPLIN" to 80888 to make a $10 donation. And you can mail a donation to Joplin Tornado Relief, The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
To Help and Find Relatives
The American Red Cross' Safe and Well website helps friends and family connect with those in devastated areas.
On Facebook, several pages have been created to assist concerned relatives in finding loved ones and getting information on how to help: Help Joplin and Joplin, Mo., Tornado Recovery.
Missouri residents with medical skills who want to help, can go to ShowMeResponse.org.