On Sunday, May 22, a tornado struck Joplin, MO, destroying
the town and killing at least 89 people. The tornado was nearly a mile wide and
shelters were few and far between. The Joplin community needs help now.
Remember: All it takes is one girl to make a difference. Here are 4 ways you
can help the survivors of tornado-ravaged Joplin.
Raise funds. Gather
your classmates or a group of friends and have partners visit local businesses.
Ask owners to offer or match donations raised by your school class or your
group. One of our favorite non-profit organizations that provide immediate
disaster relief is Convoy of Hope. Click here for fundraising ideas.
Collect donations. The
Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce has created a list of immediate
needs, which includes first aid kits, toiletries, water bottles, blankets and
nonperishable canned goods. Put out a box for donations at your school,
community center or church and inform members that you’re collecting goods to
help tornado victims. Click here for more details, including where
you can send donations.
Start a texting drive. Speak
to local business owners—we recommend the managers at a nearby grocery store or
coffee shop—and see if they would mind you urging customers to use their cell
phones to donate money to relief efforts. They can text the Red Cross at 90999
to donate $10 to the cause. The donation is charged to their phone bill. For
more details, click here.
Encourage your family members to give blood. While chances are you’re probably not old enough to
give blood yourself (in most states, you need to be 17 or 16 with parental
consent in addition to other requirements), your parents, teachers and fellow
community members are. Urge your school to host a blood drive, and do your best
to spread the word. Click here to visit redcross.org for more
What are you doing to help, sweeties?
Photo pictured above is of wreckage on April 22, 2011, after
tornadoes struck the St. Louis, MO, area. Credit: R. Gino Santa Maria /
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/23/2011 12:34:00 PM
POSTED IN charity, do gooder