How to help the victims of the Joplin tornado

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Want to help the victims in Joplin? Here is a list of resources to make donations of goods or services. Know of more? Post them below in the comment section, on , mention @nbcactionnews in a Tweet or e-mail them to with subject line HELPING JOPLIN or HELPING READING.


NBC Action News is hosting a telethon with the Salvation Army every night this week from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit the victims of both the Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri tornadoes. Donations will be accepted over the phone. The number to call between 5 and 7 p.m. is (816)932-HELP.

You can make a donation now at  .  Be sure to type in "JOPLIN RELIEF" under the field labeled "Specific Use" (see screenshot below).



Kansas City Royals
The Royals are holding a donation drive at Kauffman Stadium, Lot M Gate C on Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are teaming up with Heart to Heart International (More on how to help Heart to Heart below) and asking for cash donations and the following items: New hand towels, new wash cloths, 10-15 oz bottles of shampoo, new individually-wrapped toothbrushes, 4-6 oz tubes of toothpaste, individually-wrapped bath-sized soap, wide-tooth combs, adhesive bandages, and 1-gallon size zipper-sealed plastic bags.

SAFEANDWELL.ORG is a website that is currently listing over 100 survivors in Joplin, Missouri.


Several emergency blood drives are planned in coming days. For information on all of them, click here or visit

Those wanting to volunteer with the Red Cross, including those with medical training, are asked to call the United Way 211 at 1-800-427-4626. Others should go to Beimdiek Recreation Center on the Missouri Southern campus.


1-800-Red-Cross or go to to make financial contributions. The Red Cross is also accepting donations by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Officials are also looking for any assistance from medical personnel that can help with the efforts. Please go to for more.


Blood donations are being requested throughout the week.  For information, go online to or call 888.647.4040 to book an appointment.


Make a $10 donation to the Joplin relief efforts by texting "JOPLIN" to 864833. 


Heart to Heart International is actively seeking cash donations, medical volunteers and care-kit items as a part of their initial response.

- Text in a donation: Text HHI to 9909 to make a $10 donation

- Contribute financially: While Heart to Heart is rapidly responding to needs in Kansas and Missouri, it is asking local groups and individuals to make a donation by giving online at, calling 913-764-5200, or mailing it to 401 S. Clairborne, Suite 302, Olathe, KS 66062.

- Sign up to volunteer: At this time, Heart to Heart needs medical volunteers in Joplin If interested, please call 913-764-5200 or email

- Pack hygiene kits: As part of Heart to Heart's early response, it typically sends hygiene kits to disaster zones for people displaced for the storms. If interested, check out the care kit recipe on Heart to Heart's website at 


The Humane Society is sending a Disaster Response team to Joplin.  You can help with your monetary donations at


The Salvation Army says that financial donations are the quickest and easiest way to help tornado survivors at this time.  The money will be used to purchase food and supplies. To help Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to

Also, Emergency Disaster Services Department are taking sign ups for volunteers that want to help. However, you must be trained before they send you into an area that needs help. They are sending volunteers that have been trained first and then others after completing training. Please call (816) 471-4337 to sign up for training.

Betsy Baird, Metro Volunteer Director at The Salvation Army, released the following information on Tuesday:

Individual volunteers who want to donate their time, call: (417) 625-3543
Volunteers who want to donate items, call: (417) 625-3542
Volunteer groups (churches, businesses, etc.) call: (314) 623-9991

Tasks available to volunteers:
Clean up debris from neighborhoods
Search lines to locate victims
Hospitality volunteers to work on campus at MSSU assisting first responders and fellow volunteers
A crew to help clean the police and fire building located at 303 E. Third, Joplin, MO
Volunteers to work at City Hall to help residents and businesses with completing the FEMA disaster application
Sorting debris once it has been collected

Volunteers who wish to assist with clean up efforts will continue to be staged and dispatched from the recreation center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.


Beginning at 5 p.m. tonight, patrons at SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza's four area locations will be offered the opportunity to add a donation to their checks to assist victims of yesterday's devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. SPIN! will match the total donated up to $2,500. The contributions will assist Heart to Heart, which already has deployed its Mobile Medical Clinic along with volunteer medical professionals and supplies.


The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency is asking all Missourians interested in volunteering with the recovery are urged to call either 800-427-4626 or 2-1-1.  Monetary donations can also be made at those numbers.

Those with medical skills are also asked to  visit  


The Missouri Mavericks collected bottled water, clothing, toiletries and other donations at their team store at the Independence Event Center through Wednesday. For information, click here or visit


Northland Auto Body and Tow is askin for blankets, bottled water, toiletries, canned goods, radios, tarps, flashlights, batteries and clothing to be dropped off at 64th and Chattham.  For more information call 816-741-2588.


Woods Chapel United Methodist Church 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 6406 and Grace United Methodist Church in Lee's Summit 2400 SE 50 Hwy, Lee's Summit, Mo 64063--- Two United Methodist churches were severely damaged in the Joplin tornado, as was our district office there. In response, Woods Chapel and Grace are receiving items to help those in need. Items to be received are: • Chainsaws (this is a specific item requested by the Pastor at St. Paul's) • Cases of bottled water • All varieties of batteries • Items for babies: formula, diapers and wipes • Towels and blankets • Fully assembled Fun Kits for children in gallon sized baggies. Suggested brand-new items may include coloring books, crayons, card games, bubbles, inflatable balls, play dough, etc.


Plato's Closet is collecting items for Heart to Heart and sending them to the victims of the tornado that hit Joplin. Items most needed are: Hand towels, wash cloths, combs, shampoo, individually wrapped toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, adhesive bandages, one gallon size zipper seal plastic bags, bottles of water and monetary donations.

A semi trailer to collect the items will be parked at the Plato's Closet location at 169 Highway and Barry Road in Kansas City North, however all 3 KC metro area locations will be collecting donations: 169 Highway and Barry Road in Kansas City North, I-470 and Douglas in Lee's Summit, and 135th and Quivira in Overland Park.

Donations accepted until the truck is full.


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