The tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri this weekend was the deadliest on record in the past 60 years, with the death toll at 117.
Rescue efforts are currently underway, as up to 30 percent of the city has been damaged and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. As such there are ways that you can give back and help the relief teams in their efforts. Read below to find out how.
How to Help:
- If you live in the area, the Southeast Missouri Food Bank is collecting bottled water, meals, and cleaning products to ship to victims.
- A “Stuff-a-Truck” drive is being held by the local Miner Police Department, city hall & PTI Trucking, where non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and bottled water will be collected. If you’re in the area on Wednesday, May 25th you can drop off items at the Miner Convention Center (2610 East Malone) between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Similarly, the Perryville Police Department and Oak Trucking are holding a “Stuff-a-truck” drive on Friday, May 27th.
- The American Red Cross makes donating simple, all you have to do is text “Red Cross” to 90999 and a $10 donation will be made to the disaster relief.
- World Vision is sending members down to Joplin to assess the damage and specifically see how they can better help in aiding child victims. They provide hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and building items, so if you’d like to donate t0 them simply text “TORNADO” to 20222 or call (888) 56-CHILD to pledge $10.
- The Salvation Army is helping to feed the victims in Joplin and have been one of the first responders, but to continue their efforts they will need support. So, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to click on the donation page, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text “JOPLIN” to 80888 and make a $10 donation.
- If you want to help out the furry friends who are in dire need as a result of this tornado, the Humane Society of Missouri is sending a disaster team to Joplin to help rescue and rehabilitate displaced or injured pets. A veterinarian will travel with the team and an emergency shelter will be set up to hold the hundreds of pets. To donate to the cause visit their website here.