Updated with new information: 5/24/2011 9:20am
Today the town of Joplin, Missouri, which is 4.5 hours away from me, was hit by a devastating tornado.
The Governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency and has called in the National guard to help.
They are overwhelmed with volunteers so they are not asking for any right now, but they do need trained EMT, Nurses, Doctors and anyone that is trained in search and rescue.
How To Volunteer
If you are outside the Ozarks but you are looking to volunteer, you can call The United Way at 1-800-427-4626.
The Red Cross is looking for people to donate blood–particularly Type O. Visit Red Cross to find a donation center now.
Where To Bring Supplies Near Joplin
If you’re looking to bring items by the truckload email firstname.lastname@example.org for delivery information.
Mt. Hope Church of Christ is accepting donations.
2830 Mt. Hope Road Webb City MO 64870
The Red Cross has set up a donation center. Here is the address:
Legget & Platt Athletic Center
3950 Newman Road
Joplin, MO. 64801
If You Are Seeking a Loved One
Check out the Red Cross Safe and Well Site.
Here are the links to 2 Facebook Pages that are giving up to the minute information
Where to Donate
Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Heart of Missouri United Way is also accepting donations: No Overhead!
A mid-Missouri family has pledged to match up to $50,000 in donations made through the Heart of Missouri United Way from today forward. To give, go to http://www.uwheartmo.org/ or text JOPLIN to 864833. Phone lines will open at 8 AM.
Here is a HUGE list of places throughout several states are accepting donations.
My heart goes out to everyone and I have started going through my items to find what I can donate.
If you are in St. Louis, let me know!
If you have anything to donate, please email me at email@example.com or MoBloggers4Joplin@gmail.com and we will figure out what to do.
If you can think of any other ways to help, please let me know!