Friday, May 27, 2011
While they may not be first responders or trained in disaster relief, community members have created opportunities to use their own unique skills to assist with recovery efforts.
One such person is Shane Dickerson, the Kansas and Missouri Market Manager for Sam’s Club and member of The Salvation Army’s Kansas City Advisory Board. He has worked tirelessly throughout the Joplin disaster to create a supply infrastructure that would permeate all areas of need across the region.
Dickerson has chosen to coordinate his efforts with the Fire Department Chief, the Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
“I sit on the Advisory Board in Kansas City, so I was incredibly excited to see The Salvation Army as the first organization on our door step asking for aid so they could respond,” said Dickerson. “They said they needed gloves, so we gave them every glove we had available – down to the gloves our butchers use to handle meat.”
Dickerson has salvaged what materials he is able from the now-demolished Walmart on Range Line Road, and has tapped the Sam’s Club supply chain to distribute Gatorade, water, shopping carts, baby clothing, diapers, and dust masks.
Dickerson and Sam’s Club continue to work to meet the needs of first responders and aid organizations responding to the crisis, and intend to provide aid throughout the crisis.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Salvation Army has four mobile feeding kitchens serving in Joplin,Missouri, and each is capable of serving thousands of meals per day.If you’d like to donate to our relief efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or click here.
Take a look at the first photos of a canteen from Tulsa, OK that is serving at St. John’s hospital in Joplin, MO. Your continued prayers for survivors and relief workers are greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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.
Monday, May 23, 2011
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org. Designate Specific Use for “Joplin Relief.”
* Over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* Via text. Send “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with “yes.”
Many have asked about donating in-kind items, such as clothes, toys, or furniture. The Salvation Army is not accepting gifts in-kind, as 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 them. 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.