If you would like to assist the victims of the Joplin tornadoes there is now a safe website available for you to do that. This website will ensure that your donations get to Joplin and not elsewhere. Below is a letter from local Congressmen describing the website and how it works:
In Joplin, we have felt your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your compassion, your contributions and your willingness to help.
A Bright Futures team from Joplin has launched a website called RebuildJoplin.org. This website is a comprehensive resource for people affected by the storm AND for those who wish to help.
If you are able to help, please consider going to the website and get connected with verified agencies.
Also, please help us spread the word that RebuildJoplin.org is the primary website for sending help to Joplin. It's by Joplin, for Joplin.
These agencies and resources are screened and verified. RebuildJoplin.org is endorsed by the City of Joplin, Joplin Schools, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way 2-1-1.
RebuildJoplin.org, an initiative launched by Bright Futures, will adjust to the changing needs of community relief efforts. Joplin Schools created Bright Futures as a grass roots, community based program that creates partnerships and utilizes community resources for the common goal of helping our kids and strengthening our families and community. In the wake of the destruction, Bright Futures is adapting a successful program to meet the needs of those impacted by the tornado.
Friends, I ask that you please disseminate this information to your contact list so we can spread the word as quickly as possible, as far as possible. Together we can rebuild Joplin.
A local contact person with Rebuildjoplin.org is Garen McMillian 417-483-5136
With all our thanks,
Senator Ron Richard
Representative Tom Flanigan
Representative Charlie Davis
Representative Mike Kelley
Representative Bill Lant
Representative Bill Reiboldt
Representative Bill White