After tornadoes ripped through North St. Louis County and Lambert Airport earlier this spring, the people of St. Louis know just what kind of havoc severe weather can wreak. Now residents of Joplin know it too, and the nightmare that we narrowly avoided has hit them dead on. With destroyed homes and lost lives already at heartbreaking levels, they need help from anyone who can afford to provide it. With that in mind, here are ten ways you can help victims of the Joplin Tornadoes.
1. Join the Cardinals in donating to Convoy of Hope
The St. Louis Cardinals in conjunction with the Springfield Cardinals pledged to make a $25,000 donation to Convoy of Hope, and you can add to that by making a secure online donation or you can make a $10 donation by texting the word CONVOY to 50555. Standard message and data rates apply.
2. Make a donation at any of 5 area malls
Donations are being accepted through Memorial Day at the Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center, West County Center, and St. Clair Square. Donations to help children are specifically encouraged, including new or gently used clothing, toys, books, diapers, and formula. Toiletries, blankets, bedding, and other helpful items will also be accepted.
3. Buy a Mizzou t-shirt
The University of Missouri is offering a helping hand by selling t-shirts to benefit Joplin relief. The shirts read “One State. One Spirit. One Mizzou” and are available for purchase for $14.95 at the MU Official Online Store. Proceeds from this sale will go to Heart of Missouri United Way – United For Joplin.
4. Have your children donate at school
Missouri education officials are urging students to quickly raise money to help students in Joplin in a fundraising campaign called “Missouri Kids Helping Missouri Kids.” The goal of the program is to have each of Missouri’s nearly one million students donate $1. If that goal is met, the positive results would be tremendous.
5. Join with the City of Hazelwood and make a donation to their relief effort
To give local residents and businesses an opportunity to donate supplies and cash to the tornado storm victims in Joplin, the City of Hazelwood, Hazelwood Police Department and Hazelwood Fire Department are accepting donations to take to Joplin. Donations can be dropped off at the Hazelwood Police Station (City Hall), Hazelwood Fire Station #1, Hazelwood Fire Station #2, and Degel Truck Center.
6. Make a donation at Bandana’s BBQ in St. Peters
Bandana’s BBQ in St. Peters is collecting donations of canned goods, toiletries, lightly used clothing, and more that can be used to help the people of Joplin. Bandana’s is located at 4155 Veterans Memorial Parkway, and donations will accepted during all business hours.
7. Be a pert of the Eureka-Joplin connection
On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 8am until 6pm the Eureka-Pacific Elks Lodge will be hosting a drop off site for supplies to be transported to Joplin. The list of supplies that will be collected include non-perishable food items, baby items (formula, food, diapers, wipes, bottles, diaper cream), personal hygiene products, toiletries, small packages of laundry detergent, and more.
8. Help the pets of Joplin with the Monarch Fire Protection District
Donations of pet food, towels and newspapers, along with cash and checks, will be accepted at any of the three Monarch fire stations in Chesterfield from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 29th. The locations of the three fire stations are 115700 Baxter Road, 414898 Olive Boulevard, and 5155 Long Road.
9. Donate to the American Red Cross
It’s always a good idea to make a donation to the American Red Cross, and in the face of a disaster like the one in Joplin the time to make that donation is now. You can donate to their disaster relief fund, their 2011 Spring Storms fund, or specifically to their Missouri Floods and Tornadoes fund. Any and all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
10. Like Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery on Facebook
It may seem like an insignificant thing, but with one simple click of a button you can show the people of Joplin that there are others who care, raise awareness of the developing situation, and help yourself stay up to date on the latest information. Visit the Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery Facebook page to join in the effort.