>> Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Yesterday, a tornado touched down in Joplin, MO killing over 100 people. This latest tornado to hit the South has raised the death toll to more than 400 people in recent months after a series of devastating twisters. Today they are expecting yet another big storm. The people in this area NEED our help. If you are able and willing, here's what you can do:
Grab a flat rate Priority shipping box from USPS - there are 2 or 3 different sizes to choose from. You can fill up one or two with items from your stockpile. We have all gotten some amazing deals on body wash, razors, and Crayola items lately and these would be perfect to send! Remember, these people have lost everything. Please consider sending at least 1 box of items to help.
We have such an amazing opportunity in front of us to use our stockpiles and couponing skills for something really good - please take advantage of it! Also, if you know of any other ways to help, please comment on this post!
The following information was found at SmartSpendingSpot.com:
Elder Andy Wilson at Mt. Hope Church of Christ. They are prepared to accept supplies. Anyone near or in Joplin that can get immediate need supplies in – please go to 2830 Mt. Hope Road Webb City MO 64870 Contact# 417-624-1795 Best route to take: 249 to 171 in Webb City.
These guys are based in Springfield MO…which is maybe an hour from Joplin. http://www.convoyofhope.org/go/who and I know they are helping…bringing volunteers in etc.
National Guard Command Post is set up at 20th and Duquesne. All licensed medical personnel is asked to report there. All citizen volunteers to Missouri Southern University. Also, be advised, severe storm warnings. They have a cell moving into Joplin with strong wind and hail.
Nurses and Doctors wishing to help in Joplin, call 417-832-9500. Greater Ozarks Red Cross
The following was found on Mashablemom.com:
- Relief Spark is a non-profit focused on remodeling schools, but in the wake of the tornado, it has turned its Twitter feed into a valuable resource of information. Sample tweets direct first responders to meeting places and to posting what shelters have just opened their doors.
- A bunch of Facebook Pages have sprouted up to help residents find loved ones and join in the recovery process, including the Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery Page and a Joplin, MO Survivors’ Page.
- You can search for Missouri-based Red Cross shelter centers or check out how the Red Cross is helping disaster victims across the American South. You can also donate to support their efforts.
- OzarksFirst.com, a local community and new site, has also put together a tremendous resource with help hotlines, phone numbers and web pages for volunteers and victims. It provides emergency numbers, the state senator’s office number and special hotlines for nurses and doctors looking to lend a hand. Help pages include the State Emergency Management Agency, Show-Me Response, a Facebook Page for the local hospital, which was badly damaged in the twister, and even a page for locating and reuniting with lost pets.