What can we do to help a city after a tornado?

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All Donated Items Must be New

  • baby bottles, formula, baby food, diapers and other baby items
  • batteries and flashlights gloves work (jersey)and latex
  • can openers
  • cleaning supplies and paper goods such as paper plates, eating utensils, paper towels and toilet paper, small trash bags, boxes.
  • food- easy-to-open, ready to eat canned and non- perishable items that don’t require cooking, snacks (such as crackers and granola bars) bottled water
  • food- dog or cat food- (Also note: to rescue and shelter pets. To help with this effort, monetary donations are encouraged. Persons wishing to make donations to assist animal rescue efforts can do so at http://www.hsmo.org.
  • medical supplies, OTC medication such as aspirin, bandaids, sunscreen
  • Notebook and pens/pencils. (Everyone is going to need to make lists and reminders to do things!)
  • pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, wash cloths
  • soaps- laundry, hand, dish and bar
  • toiletries- toothpaste toothbrushes, toilet paper, all types of personal hygiene items, mouthwash, dental floss, razors, shaving cream, lotion, tampons, shampoo and soap, etc (all new and unopened)
  • toys for kids. (This is a very traumatic time for all and they need something to take their little minds off of what is around them.)

Other suggestions we have heard:

* For people who are forced into shelters:

  • sleeping bags
  • possibly self-standing tents (depending on shelter rules – these provide some privacy)
  • blankets,
  • sleeping mats

A thought regarding clothing-   One  person suggested that clothing (such as pajamas, shoes and socks, underwear, new please)  not be sent directly to local charities in that area because bags and boxes of  clothing is a liability for volunteers at a charity to spend a lot of time  storing the clothing and keeping them sorted.   (It is very sad for those who no closet or dresser to keep them in….and probably not even a plastic hanger to hang them on.)

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