How to Support Storm Relief Efforts in Central US

Delma Boyd talks with a medical technician in Joplin, Mo Monday. Boyd was staying in the shelter after her home was damaged by a tornado that moved through Joplin on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Tornadoes have slammed Missouri and several states in the central US, where need is high and the fatality rate is expected to rise. The Salvation Army is on the scene throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota, and your monetary donations are vital in making sure we can continue our work there.

To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can donate:

  • Online at
  • Over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Via text. Send “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with “yes.”
  • Mail a check to:

                     The Salvation Army

                     1130 Hampton Avenue

                      St. Louis, MO. 63139-3147.

                      Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.”

And this is great news NBC Action News in Kansas City is sponsoring a telethon tonight from 5-7 PM to raise money for The Salvation Army tornado relief efforts in Joplin and Reading, Kansas. Call  816-932-HELP to donate. The lines will be live from 5-7 PM only.


Many have asked about donating in-kind items, such as clothes, toys, or furniture. The Salvation Army is not accepting gifts in-kind, since there are not suitable facilities to store these items, and manpower to sort and transfer them are also limited. Monetary gifts are flexible and portable, and they allow our disaster teams to purchase the exact supplies they need, when they need them,  in the amounts they need.  Click here for more information on this topic.

The local  Salvation Army centers have not expressed a need for volunteers at this time, but you can register your name here in our disaster database should a need arise.

Thank you for your continuing support of these communities. As always, your prayers are appreciated!