After reading the article in CBS news, my heart is heavy for the people of Joplin, MO, trying to cope with the natural disaster that hit their community.  The death toll in Missouri's devastating tornado is climbing as they continue to search for survivors.  They are calling it the deadliest single U.S. twister since the year 1953.  Unfortunately, it hit the city's hospital, a facility badly needed with more than 1150 people injured.  Here's how you can help....

By Text Message

--Sending "REDCROSS" via text message to 90999 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the American Red Cross

--Sending "JOPLIN" via text message to 80888 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to The Salvation Army (You will need to reply "yes" when asked.)

On The Web

--The American Red Cross' Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, which includes Joplin, can be reached here: http://www.redcross-ozarks.org/donate/

--The Salvation Army can be reached here: https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/

Over The Phone

--The American Red Cross' Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, which includes Joplin, can be reached at: (417) 832-9500

--The Salvation Army can be reached at: (800) SAL-ARMY

Mail A Check

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Chapter

1545 N. West ByPass

Springfield, MO

65803

The Salvation Army

3637 Broadway

Kansas City, MO

64111

Include the phrase "Joplin Tornado"

via Joplin, Mo., tornado: How you can help - CBS News.