The news and my morning coffee was enough to confirm that we need to put that loving virtue into action and reach out to those that have been affected by the devastating spring storms. To add insult to horrific injury, snow fell in some of the areas over night. The death toll is at 39 and in one tragic circumstance, an entire family was killed.
We have compiled a few links and resources for those that want to put Love into Action this week – if you know of more, please tweet us or leave a comment and we will add to the list. The Red Cross currently has shelters open in 11 states – some of the people using these shelters have nothing left.
Our thoughts, prayers and actions are directed towards those in the Midwest and we hope that these trying times are relieved soon.
In most instances for disaster relief, cash is the most needed commodity. Tweeting and facebooking awareness and links is helpful as well – let’s get relief to those who need it!
FEMA suggests making donations to members of its National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) partnership, with provides a list of affiliated relief organizations and local chapters. Information can be found on FEMA’s blog and on the partnership’s Facebook page.
Many local governments and voluntary agencies, such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, are providing shelter to disaster survivors displaced by the storms.
The Red Cross’ “Safe and Well” registration page allows survivors to notify family members, and for family members to search a list of those who have registered on the site.
Send “REDCROSS” via text message to 90999 & it will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross’ web site offers a search for local Red Cross chapters:redcross.org/where
The American Red Cross can be reached at (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767).
Sending “STORM” via text message to 80888 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to The Salvation Army (You will need to reply “yes” when asked).
Website for The Salvation Army: donate.salvationarmyusa.org
The Salvation Army phone number is (800) SAL-ARMY
Feeding America is a group that works with food banks and offers lists of local food banks and contact information searchable by state or zip code: feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx
Phone number for Feeding America can be reached at (800) 771-2303 (National Office).