St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - So what can you do to help the tornado victims in Joplin?
The American Red Corss is asking people to stop sending items to Joplin, Missouri for the tornado victims, but encourages people to continue making monetary donations.
Supply drives for Joplin donations
The Red Cross said it is running out of room to put the donated items as donations continue to come in by the truck load from across the country.
Hundreds of relief supplies have been moved to Joplin and other affected areas, such as comfort kits, tarps, coolers, rakes and other cleanup equipment and tools.
For ways to donate and offer assistance, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS; people can also text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
In addition, disaster survivors can declare themselves "safe and well" by visiting the Red Cross' Safe and Well web site. People who have family or friends in Joplin, Missouri are asked to call 417-659-5464 to check on loved ones in the area.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Missouri Southern State University, which can hold up to a thousand people.
The Red Cross has also advised that Type-O Negative blood is desperately needed, with some affected areas having less than a one-day supply remaining.
Third graders at Boone Trail Elementary in the Wentzville School District are collecting items for children in Joplin. People can drop off toys, books, puzzles and coloring books at the school at 555 East Hwy N in Wentzville
Rock Community Fire Protection District
The Rock Community Fire Protection District's Ladies Auxiliary is collecting items to help with tornado victims immediate needs.
They're asking for things like tarps, Styrofoam coolers, socks, blankets, bedding, soap, shampoo and toys.
They're filling a 53-foot trailer and will deliver the donations to the Red Cross in Joplin on Friday.
Donations are being accepted until Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Rock Community Fire Protection District headquarters on Telegraph Road in Arnold.
St. Charles and St. Charles County
Employees of the St. Charles Circuit Court and St. Charles County Sheriff's Department are organizing a Food Drive for Joplin. Any donated items delivered by Thursday morning May 26 will be delivered that day. We will also have a shipment going down Thursday June 3. Items needed are:
Canned goods, boxed foods, bottled water, soda, health care items and infant supplies, diapers, flashlights, batteries, camping cookware.
Please deliver any items you can donate to the St. Charles Circuit Court, 300 N. Second Street St. Charles Mo. - Jury Assembly Room #215. Any questions you may call Ava at 949-3088.
Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 is helping coordinate a local community driven effort to provide basic supplies to the thousands of people in Joplin, Missouri affected by the recent devastating tornado.
Many individuals and businesses want to donate items, but don't know how they will get them to Joplin. Lincoln County Firefighters have stepped forward and will transport the first collection of desperately needed items to Joplin on Friday, May 27. Subsequent deliveries will be made as items are collected and deliveries will continue as long as items are donated and/or needed.
Immediate need items are bottled water, cleaning supplies, trash bags, non-perishable food items, pet supplies, personal hygiene items, first aid kits and extension cords. Also needed are new and unopened packages of socks, underwear, etc. and baby supplies such as formula, diapers, and wipes. All donated items must be brand new and unopened.
Residents can drop off items at the Cherry Street firehouse in Troy or at Hawk Point City Hall. Updates such as deliveries and other drop off points may be available and will be announced on the Fire District's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lincoln-County-Fire-Protection-District-1. Be sure to "like" the Fire District today, so you receive the updates.
Tax deductible monetary donations can be made to the Lincoln County Firefighter's Foundation. All donated funds will be used to purchase items listed above which will then be transported to Joplin. Otherwise, residents may make monetary donations to the charity of their choice such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Convoy of Hope.
Wal-Mart in Manchester
And Wal-Mart in Manchester will be serving as a drop off point for the following items bound for Joplin:
You can bring the following items to the store, located at 201 Highlands Boulevard, on Saturday, May 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
--Hygiene Items (i.e. soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
--New or clean, used, sorted Clothing and Shoes (jackets, rain ponchos, especially underwear, socks, tennis shoes, t-shirts, flip-flops)
--Non-perishable food items
--Infant supplies (formula, baby food, diapers)
--Packaged snack items (granola bars, pretzels, cookies, snack cakes, etc.)
--Small toys (stuffed animals, dolls, chalk, bubbles, cars, etc.)
Lindbergh School District
Lindbergh Schools is organizing a fund drive to help the students and families of Joplin Schools as they recover from the tragic tornado that hit their city on Sunday, May 22. The fund drive will run through the end of the day May 31.
Click this link to make a donation to the Missouri Kids Helping Missouri Kids fund, a statewide relief effort through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to assist students in Joplin who have been severely affected by this disaster.