Disaster Relief

  • Disaster Relief: Seven Ways to Help Tornado Victims

    May 4, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The death toll from the catastrophic tornadoes in the South has
    climbed to more than 340, with thousands injured, homeless, without
    power or clean water. How can we harness the power of social media to
    help?

    One of the best things you can do is use Twitter and Facebook to
    spread the word about places to donate and how to help. Here’s a list
    of ways to help get you started:

    The Red Cross has two shelters set up in Tuscaloosa, temporary homes
    to 240 people so far. The relief organization provided meals for more
    than 600 people on Friday and is requesting more financial support.
    Donate to the Red Cross online RedCross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999 to
    donate $10, or call 1-800-REDCROSS to give money or
    schedule a blood donation.

    The Salvation Army has spread out all over the South, helping with
    sustenance for tornado survivors in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and
    Tennessee. Donate on the Salvation Army’s website at
    salvationarmyusa.org. Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation, or
    you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

    Save the Children is providing food, doctors and education for kids,
    and the organization is accepting donations at the Save the Children
    website. The organization will also accept donations by phone at 800
    728-3843 during business hours.

    World Vision, a Christian humanitarian group, focuses on children,
    aiming to lessen the emotional shock from the devastating tornado
    outbreak. Find out more or donate at the World Vision website, or call
    1-866-56-CHILD

    Catholic Charities are accepting donations for tornado victims at the
    Catholic Charities website, or you can donate by calling
    1-800-919-9338

    Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund is accepting donations on its
    website, requesting donations by credit card or check.

    Post found items to Facebook: Patty Bouillon started a Facebook page
    containing found pictures and items that were blown by the tornadoes.
    She started that page after finding pictures and documents in her
    neighborhood that were blown all the way from Smithville, Mississippi,
    a town located 100 miles to the Southwest of her home. If you live
    near the disaster area and find photos, mementos or other items, scan
    them or take photos of them and post them to the Facebook page she
    created specifically for this purpose, entitled “Pictures and
    Documents Found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes“. There are now
    more than 600 photos and items on the page, with 40 of them already
    identified.

    Please, pick your favorite charity, let us know in the comments of
    other organizations that are helping the South’s tornado survivors,
    and post on Facebook and tweet the information of your choice far and
    wide. This is the second-worst storm in recorded history, and people
    are suffering right now. We need to help them.

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