Joplin, Mo., tornado: How you can help
A devastating tornado destroyed the southwest Missouri city of Joplin during last weekend.
The death toll from last week's twister has now surpassed 130 people, and there are still dozens missing. Much of the city was leveled, and many Missourians are now homeless and lost their possessions to the storm.
Below is a list of some non-profit agencies and ways viewers can respond to Sunday's disaster:
By Text Message
--Sending "REDCROSS" via text message to 90999 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the American Red Cross
--Sending "Joplin" via text message to 864833 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the Heart of Missouri United Way
--Sending "JOPLIN" via text message to 80888 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to The Salvation Army (You will need to reply "yes" when asked.)
--Sending "TORNADO" via text message to 20222 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to World Vision, a Christian relief organization responding to both the Joplin tornado and Sunday's tornado destruction in Minnesota.
On The Web
--Feeding America, a group that works with food banks, says each donated dollar it receives will result in seven meals for victims and rescuers in Joplin: http://feedingamerica.org/
--The American Red Cross' Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, which includes Joplin, can be reached here: http://www.redcross-ozarks.org/donate/
--The Salvation Army can be reached here: https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/
--Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency links on its website to a page with non-profits that operate in the state and provides tips to avoid scams here: http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp
--The New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis, Mo., is sending volunteers into the field to help storm-ravaged communities rebuild: http://www.newlifeevangelisticcenter.org/joplin-tornado-victim-assistance/
Over The Phone
--Feeding America can be reached at: (800) 771-2303
--The American Red Cross' Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, which includes Joplin, can be reached at: (417) 832-9500
--The Salvation Army can be reached at: (800) SAL-ARMY
Survivors Safe and Well List
The American Red Cross created a web page for survivors in Joplin to notify family members and for family members to search a list of who's registered on the site.
Mail A Check
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West ByPass
The Salvation Army
Kansas City, MO
Include the phrase "Joplin Tornado"
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