How You Can Help The Tornado Victims
A devastating tornado destroyed the southwest Missouri city of Joplin during the weekend.The death toll from Sunday's twister was raised to 116 Monday afternoon, but the city said rescue efforts Monday led to the discovery of seven survivors. 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 tornaod and Sunday's tornado destruction in Minnesota. On The Web--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 Over The Phone--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 Mail A CheckAmerican Red CrossGreater Ozarks Chapter1545 N. West ByPassSpringfield, MO65803The Salvation Army3637 BroadwayKansas City, MO64111Include the phrase "Joplin Tornado"