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How You Can Help Salvation Army Relief Efforts?

In times of disaster, we see the true spirit of mankind.

We see our nation come together to reach out to those who are hurt and suffering, to ease the pain of losing everything they own or, worse, a loved one.

How can you help? According to the Salvation Army, “pray for those affected. Your prayers have more power than you think.”

Secondly, volunteer. In affected communities across the south, volunteers are needed with The Salvation Army to help hand out food, water and comfort. Visit to find contact information for the Lubbock area.

We spoke with Melody Paton from the Salvation Army in Lubbock. Listen to what she had to say:

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Melody mentioned that 100% of proceeds donated specifically for Joplin, Mo would go directly to assist those in need. You’ll find the direct link to donate HERE.

You can also text 80888 and enter the word  “JOPLIN” to make a $10 instant donation.

The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory Communications Bureau released this tornado relief video report:

Here’s our original story on the tornado along with some incredible first-hand video:

Tornado First Person Videos

The tornado that slammed Joplin, MO on May 22, like the others around the country recently, has resulted in stunning first-person video accounts. With the popularity of video capability on smartphones (not to mention digital cameras) we are now not only seeing the damage closer than ever, but we are also seeing what it’s like to wait for the storm, then experience it.

Below are some videos that show the intensity of the storms (during and after).

WARNING: Some videos contain graphic language.

Chopper arrives at the scene soon after the storms hit.

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Terrifying audio shows the anxious wait for the storm, and the inevitable impact. [GRAPHIC LANGUAGE]

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Resident records video of his unrecognizable neighborhood, while survivors wander the streets unsure what to do. [GRAPHIC LANGUAGE]

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Eerily quiet footage shows the ruins of a gas station.

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Weather Channel reporter Mike Bettes arrives on the scene an hour after the storms, and frantically searches for survivors in cars.

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[Sources: Super Hits 105.3; New York Times; Buzzfeed]

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