In times of disaster, we see the true spirit of mankind.
We see our nation come together to reach out to those who are hurt and suffering, to ease the pain of losing everything they own or, worse, a loved one.
From sports teams to businesses to an individual, everyone wants to be able to help. Everyone wants to be part of an effort to mend their community.
In response to the tragic tornadoes that touched down in Joplin, Mo. and Reading, Kan. this weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs will donate $35,000 to disaster relief efforts. Additionally, they and their media partners are teaming up with The Salvation Army Midland Division to hold a bottled water drive at Arrowhead Stadium for Kansas City residents to assist victims.
How can you help? Most importantly, pray for those affected. Your prayers have more power than you think.
Secondly, volunteer. In affected communities across the south, volunteers are needed with The Salvation Army to help hand out food, water and comfort. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to find contact information for your area.
Third, donate to the effort. Disaster response is a major undertaking that requires hundreds of hours of manpower and tons of supplies. Food, water, clean up kits, toiletries are all items that do cost money, and The Salvation Army supplies those needs daily to thousands of victims and rescue workers.
No donation is too small. It’s easy these days to donate as well. Text the word “JOPLIN” to 8088 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army relief efforts in Joplin or “STORM” to 8088 to donate to relief efforts throughout the south, i.e, Tennessee, Arkansas and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Yes, we’re still in those communities too, helping with ongoing disaster relief.
As always, you can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate or donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
This has been a deadly spring. The Salvation Army is there to help and will continue to be there as long as we’re needed.