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Kyle and Alicia Gordon of Joplin, Mo., embrace in what's left of their son's room.
The below is a list of organizations and individuals helping victims of the Joplin tornado:
- Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri has established a Joplin Relief Fund
- The Don Lansaw Memorial Fund for the family of Don Lansaw, featured in Wednesday's Nightly News report, is accepting donations through the U.S. Bank, 121 W. Broadway Street, Webb City MO 64870 or call (417) 673-2484.
- Team Rubicon, featured in Ron Mott's Making a Difference report, accepts donations. Contact them at http://teamrubiconusa.org/
- Southside Baptist Church, featured in Tuesday's Nightly News report, is accepting donations. Contact Pastor Phillip Owens at 216 W. Briar Brook Lane, Carl Junction, Missouri 64834
- The American Red Cross has set up a page for Missouri tornado and flood relief.
- The Joplin Red Cross could use some donations. You can contact it at (417) 624-4411 or email@example.com in order to find out what supplies are most necessary.
- The Missouri SEMA has set up a donation page.
- A list of major non-profits that operate regularly in Missouri can be found on the National Donations Management Network website. You can also call (800) 427-4626 for further information.
- The Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization is taking donations for longterm recovery efforts.
- The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is in need of blood — particularly type O. A list of donation sites can be found here.
- 211 Missouri is helping organize volunteers in the affected areas. More information can be found by calling (800) 427-462.
- Nurses or doctors looking to help can call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the Red Cross.
- Health professionals can register to volunteer through the Show-Me Response website.
- For those in the Joplin area: Emergency Pet Center of the Four States at 7th & Illinois near the Sonic is OPEN and accepting found/injured animals. Its phones are down at this time.
- The "Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, Mo tornado" Facebook page is tracking lost and found pets.
- The National Americorp Volunteers are setting up a national hotline for residents to call to check on loved ones. The number is (417) 659-5464 and should be active later today.
- The American Red Cross has set up a site on which you can check in, report on the safety of others, or look for information on loved ones.
- The "Joplin people accounted for after the storm" Facebook page is helping people track loved ones who fell out of touch during the storm.
- The Joplin, Mo. Tornado Survivors Facebook page is also helping people track down lost loved ones.
- The St. John's Health System has been updating its Facebook page regularly with information relevant to the aftermath of the storm.
- The recently organized "Joplin Volunteer & Outreach Station" Facebook page appears to be focused on aiding relief efforts.
- The "Joplin Tornado Citizen Checks (neighbors helping neighbors!)" Facebook page appears to be a gathering place for a lot of Joplin locals who are in need of aid or able to provide aid to others.
- The "Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery" Facebook page is one of the bigger ones dedicated to aid efforts and contains a great deal of up-to-the-second information on where help is necessary.
Some words of caution
While giving is good and your intentions are great, be aware that there are individuals who might attempt to take advantage of your kindness. Read up on the charities or organizations to which you are donating funds or supplies. You can use sites such as Charity Navigator — a service run by a non-profit organization that has information on more than 5,000 charities and evaluates the groups' financial health — to confirm that everything's on the up and up.