Yesterday, Joplin MO, along with other southern states were hit with devastating tornadoes. For those of you who know me, I grew up in Springfield, which is close to Joplin, by just a few short minutes. I have family and friends that live very close the the Joplin region, thankfully they are all safe. Joplin is predicted to be hit by another round of storms today.
The tornado hit is a high populated area, that included a hospital and the downtown area. Right now, it is reported that 89 are dead and it is expected to rise.
If you would like to help, listed below is ways to donate.
Nurses or doctors who want to volunteer – call Red Cross at 417-832-9500.
Donations for victims can also be dropped off at Red Cross Office in Springfield. 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, MO 65803
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a CODE RED ALERT on Type O Negative blood. A Code Red Alert means that there is less than a one day supply of blood available for patients at area hospitals supplied by CBCO. Type O Negative blood donors are urgently needed to give immediately for ongoing relief efforts and to replenish reserves.
CBCO’s Springfield Donor Centers will extend their hours today (Monday) and extra staff are being added so that donors may respond to the appeal. Donors may give:
Springfield – Campbell Donor Center, 220 W. Plainview Rd. – 8 am to 6 pm (Monday only)
Sprignfield – Reser Donor Center, 2230 S. Glenstone – 8 am to 6 pm (Monday only)
Joplin – Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Rd. – 11 am to 7 pm (Monday only)