Tornado rips through Joplin, Mo.
A massive tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. The Red Cross estimated as much as 75 percent of the town was leveled.
Tornado in Reading causes major damage
A tornado swept through Reading Saturday night, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes, as severe thunderstorms pelted the region with hail that some residents said was the size of baseballs, authorities said early Sunday. Reading is about 67 miles southwest of Lawrence.
If you’d like to help victims of last weekend’s tornadoes, the American Red Cross is accepting donations.
Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter, emphasizes that money is the best answer — not “stuff.” She said donations other than money actually impede disaster relief efforts.
Blocher says this is how to help:
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. A charge will appear on your cell phone bill the following month.
- Make an online donation at www.redcross.org
- Call the local office with credit card donations. The number is 843-3550.
- Mail checks to the local office earmarked Joplin Tornado or Reading Tornado. The address is 2518 Ridge Court.
Trained Red Cross volunteers from Douglas County are on standby for deployment to Reading and Joplin, Mo., Blocher said.