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Tornado Rips Through Missouri – How You Can Help

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A massive tornado that barreled its way through Southwestern Missouri last night has left over 100 people dead, and destroyed nearly 30% of the town of Joplin.

The 6-mile path of devastation took out churches, schools, businesses and homes in the town of Joplin, Missouri.  Joplin’s population is about 50,000.

Here are ways you can help:

The Salvation Army is feeding those in Joplin in the storm’s aftermath.  They have dispatched mobile feeding kitchens that are capable of feeding thousands of people at a time.  The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) have also been dispatched to assist people in Joplin in locating missing loved ones.

According to a release, the Salvation Army says that financial donations are the quickest and easiest way to help tornado survivors at this time.  You can donate online at www. secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp.

Heart to Heart International is also headed to Joplin, deploying a mobile clinic.  They are actively seeking cash donations, medical volunteers and care-kit items as a part of their initial response.  As part of Heart to Heart’s early response, it typically sends hygiene kits to disaster zones for people displaced for the storms. If  you are interested, check out the care kit recipe to make care kits.  Go to Heart to Heart’s website at  http://www.hearttoheart.org.

You can donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or go to www.redcross.org to make financial contributions. The Red Cross is also accepting donations by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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