How To Ensure They Get What They Need.
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have seen and heard in response to recent tornadoes and storms this spring. It seems there is no end to these storms, doesn’t it?
We wanted to take this opportunity to share some best practices on what you can do to best help others in times like these. It is a very common reaction to want to send in-kind donations (food, clothing, toys, water) to the scene of a disaster anticipating a great demand for such items. Though this is such an admirable and well intentioned response, it can actually cause a secondary disaster of sorts. In fact this afternoon The Salvation Army has received communication from FEMA due to the overwhelming amount of unsolicited donations that have been received in Joplin. As in all disasters, the best way to help those affected is to donate cash. 100% of these funds will be directed to the disaster and will be used to best meet the needs on the ground; whatever they may be. Click here to read an excellent blog about why it is important to send money rather than in-kind donations in times of disaster.
Cash donations can be sent online using the donate now button to the right or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Additionally, for the Joplin tornado you may text JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
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