This Sunday, the city of Joplin, Missouri was hit by one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. As they begin to recover, volunteers and organizations in the devastated area desperately need help reaching out to those in need, including the local pregnancy resource center.
LifeChoices Medical Clinic and Resource Center has been visiting mothers affected by the tornado in shelters and damaged homes and apartments throughout the town assessing their needs and offering assistance. Their office, located several blocks from the tornado damage, remains open, but supplies are going fast. Items needed include diapers, wipes, pre-mixed formula and infant clothing. (h/t St. Louis Review)
Monetary donations are also appreciated and can be sent to LifeChoices either online at lifevoices.org or by check and mailed to: LifeChoices, 531 E. 7th St., Joplin, Mo., 64801. Donations are tax deductible and Missouri residents and corporations are eligible for an additional 50 percent state income tax credit for donations of $100 or more. Visit dss.mo.gov/dfas/taxcredit/pregnancy.htm for more information.
Pro-life pregnancy care centers in other parts of Missouri are also stepping up and collecting items for LifeChoices to distribute to Joplin moms and babies. There are six drop-off spots to leave items that will then be taken directly to LifeChoices at some point in the future (at the moment no one except emergency personnel are allowed to enter Joplin). The locations are:
–St. Louis – Frank Block at Love Basket – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636-797-4100
–Springfield – Cindi Boston at Pregnancy Care Center – email: email@example.com or call 417-877-0800
–Branson – Jeanie Williams at Options Clinic – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417-336-5483
–Kansas City – Marsha Middleton of the Alliance for Life – Missouri in Lee’s Summit – email: email@example.com or call 417-598-1040
–Lake of the Ozarks – Patricia Dascher at Pregnancy Help Center – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-365-2345
–Macon – Michele Jorgenson at Ray of Hope – call 660-651-2652
Please be generous and be sure to visit the LifeChoices Facebook page for regular updates!