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How to help Minneapolis, Joplin (and other) tornado victims

Storm season is always awful, but Mother Nature has been particularly nasty this year.

Sixty-eight tornadoes were confirmed over the weekend. Two cities were particularly hard hit.

Now the residents of Minneapolis, Minn., and Joplin, Mo., are trying to salvage something, anything as storms continue to rumble in their areas.

If you can spare some cash, there are several ways you can help.

The Community Foundation of Kansas City has created two funds to pool donations. You can make donations online via the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation's Joplin, Mo., Disaster Relief Fund and the Reading, Kan., Relief Fund.

Convoy of Hope is accepting online donations at its website or you can make a $10 text donation by texting the word CONVOY to 50555. 

The Salvation Army also will take your online contributions, as well as $10 text donations sent by texting the word JOPLIN to 80888. The group also has set up emergency relief teams in Reading, Kan., and Minneapolis.

The American Red Cross is taking donations for tornado vicitms across the United States at its website or $10 donations from folks who text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

The Red Cross also operates an online Safe and Well page where residents can register to let family and friends know that they are OK, relatively speaking.

I hate to have to say this, but we've still got lots of storm season left. And the Atlantic hurricane season begins in just over a month.

You might want to bookmark these websites and enter the text donation numbers into your phones.

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