STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The people of southwest Missouri are in desperate need of assistance in the wake of this week’s devastating tornadoes and severe weather.
Whether you reside or work in the vicinity of the destruction or elsewhere, there are varies ways to provide immediate assistance.
Numerous state and national organizations are accepting donations to assist with the relief efforts.
Information about donating or volunteer opportunities is available from 211 Missouri, which can be reached by dialing 211, or 800-427-4626.
You may also contribute to the relief effort through one or more of the following organizations:
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has set up a Website specifically to support disaster relief efforts in Missouri. Secure donations can be made on this site to help those affected by the floods and tornadoes throughout Missouri. Money raised from this site will help provide shelter, food, and other assistance to Missourians impacted by storms.
People can also make a $10 donation via their cell phone by texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999. Contributions can be sent to the local American Red Cross chapter in Missouri at:
Greater Ozarks Chapter, American Red Cross
1545 N. West ByPass
Springfield, MO 65803
Donations also can be made with a credit card or check over the phone by calling 417-832-9500.
To support The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Efforts, people can text the word “JOPLIN” to 80888 for an automatic $10 donation; by calling 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769) or by going to www.salvationarmy.us.
Blood can often be donated at local American Red Cross facilities or Community Blood Banks. Locations near the Joplin area include the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.