Why Donate Money When I Can Send this Stuff? Here’s Why…

We’ve received tons of messages and comments from people wanting to organize donation drives and ship items to recent tornado survivors. If this is you, please read the following important message from FEMA!

Joplin, Missouri is actually overwhelmed with unsolicited donations, like clothes, toys and household items. This can lead to what disaster relief personnel call the “secondary disaster,” in which valuable, life sustaining resources are redirected to sort, transport, store, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of survivors.

Read on to learn how your support doesn’t become “too much of a good thing” for those in need, and please consider giving monetary donations through the options listed here:

KANSAS CITY, MO— To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.

The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:

Volunteer or Donate

The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation.  Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Confirm what is needed BEFORE taking action!

Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Confirm the needs by contacting the voluntary organization of your choice before starting to collect.

If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through  http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema after this,  just click on Missouri.

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13 Comments on “Why Donate Money When I Can Send this Stuff? Here’s Why…

  1. May have received this comment already. I volunteered in a food pantry in Joplin on Friday. Instructions are necessary on items received: Quality of a few donations of canned goods! Sorting thru the “blessings” we came across a few
    outdated cans, some labeled “2007″, a small can of “bulging” osyters, several rusted & dented cans.
    People! We are not cleaning out our outdated pantries.
    We are being a blessing to families indeperate need!
    Wake Up! AMERICA

  2. I heard they needed childrens clothing is that not true?

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