an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL
Illinois Tea Party Coordinators:
John Putnam is TPP Missouri State Coordinator and lives in Joplin, MO. We heard from him this morning, and thank God, he and his family are fine. He has sent the following two messages for anyone who wants to help, donate, or get more information on the horrific tornado damage in Joplin.
We are 10 miles east of major damage and totally safe. Joplin has MAJOR damage and loss of life. No one I know so far. PTL! Local officials say 25% of the town is gone or heavily damaged. People are still trapped this morning. Citizen volunteers are being organized at Missouri Southern State University. We have a very smallvacant rent house where a couple or 4 guys (crowded) could stay if they are able to come and help. More heavy weather headed our way today and tomorrow. For those who prefer to donate through a reliable church rather than the Red Cross, tax deductible contributions can be sent to my church which was not destroyed but is adjacent to the "war zone" and heavily involved in recovery:
New Creation Church
Tornado Relief Fund
1831 S. Connor Ave.
Joplin, MO 64804
The Salvation Army also does an excellent job in helping with all major disasters.
And if you know anyone looking to help in person....
New Creation Church is 2 blocks from one of the worst hit areas between St. John's and 20th St in Joplin and will be the staging area for our group to reach out into the community.