Disaster Strikes! How can you help?

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Tips for Helping After a Disaster

Residents of Southern Missouri are once again dealing with the aftermath of violent “spring-like” storms. The latest round of storms occurred less than a year after the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri and the flooding/storm damage of south-central Missouri. These “leap day” storms and tornados have caused widespread damage. Rural areas were the hardest hit; damage was particularly extensive in and around the towns of Branson, Buffalo, Cassville, Kimberling City, Lebanon, and Puxico.

Less than 24 hours after the storms, many people are already expressing a desire to help. This comes as no surprise after all; Americans have always been known for their generosity and willingness reach out and help a neighbor. The Ozarks region is no exception. But what are the best ways to help? This is a very popular question, especially immediately following a tragedy.   The staff at Catholic Charities USA put together some tips for people who are considering ways in which to help. We have also included ways for you to get involved and help survivors of these storms directly through Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri:

  • Donate money--Financial donations are always the best choice.  While clicking a “donate now” button doesn’t give a sense of action, the funds support the operations on the ground. Also, with cash donations agencies can buy locally infusing money into the local economy and take advantage of bulk pricing on some relief supplies. If you would like to assist survivors in this manner, you can “donate now” to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri by visiting us at www.csomo.org and clicking our “Donations” button.

How do you know who to give to? Here are some tips you might not have thought about:

Here are few tips to consider when considering donating supplies:

Want to get involved? As you can see, there are many ways to show your support and make a difference in someone’s life. If you would like to help the survivors of the storms which hit Southern Missouri, visit us online at www.ccsomo.org for the latest updates, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation. You may also send monetary donations and gift cards to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri’s administrative office located at: 601 S. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO 65806. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please call us at (417) 866-0841. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  

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