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May 24, 2011
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(Updated June 1, 2011)
MARYVILLE, Mo. - As the Northwest Missouri State University and Maryville communities look to reach out to victims of Sunday's tornado in Joplin, the University invites people to consider a variety of ways to help those in need.
Emergency officials throughout the state are organizing their efforts to determine what resources are needed and the best way to receive those resources. Northwest's Clarence Green, chief of police, and Dr. Jerry Wilmes, emergency coordinator, continue to speak with emergency officials and monitor the relief efforts in Joplin.
Presently, emergency officials say a financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation. Monetary donations allow organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs.
Monetary donations may be made by visiting the SEMA Missouri Disaster Relief website at www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp. People wishing to donate funds through the Red Cross may go online to www.redcross.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767); people also can text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
According to the Red Cross, blood supply is presently stable, but the tornado in Joplin reiterates the importance of a sufficient blood supply.
People wanting to donate blood may go to the Community Blood Center, 3122 Frederick Ave., in St. Joseph, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information contact the blood center at 800.725.6791.
Eligible blood donors also may schedule appointments through the Red Cross by calling 800-RED.CROSS (800.733.2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.
People interested in donating supplies may contribute to a donation drive sponsored by local radio station KNIM/KVVL, 1618 South Main St., in Maryville. Donors are asked to drop off non-perishable items in the truck provided by Keane Thummel Trucking between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the radio station's parking lot. The radio station plans to deliver the truck once it is full.
According to emergency officials needed items include toiletries, tarps, bottled water, canned goods, flashlights, batteries, radios and blankets.
In an email distributed to the Northwest campus community, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski reported he spoke to Missouri Southern State University President Bruce Speck, who said the university did not sustain any damage, but "the damage to Joplin is incredible." Missouri Southern's facilities are being used by the Red Cross and local hospitals.
"The Northwest community is saddened by the devastation caused by the tornado that struck Joplin, and those impacted by the destruction are certainly in our thoughts," Jasinski said.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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Northwest Missouri State University
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