CENTRAL IOWA (KCRG-TV9) -- On July 19, 2018, tornadoes and storms caused damage in central Iowa communities.
The National Weather Service says a dozen or more tornadoes happened, with three causing 17 injuries and significant amounts of damage in Bondurant, Marshalltown, and Pella.
The biggest thing people in central Iowa are asking for is money. This helps pay for food, clothes, cots and many other necessities people in shelters need. Money is considered the best option as it is easier for them to use the money to get goods that are already in the area where they are located. However, if you do feel obligated to help out in other ways, there are a few options available.
Ways to donate money:
The American Red Cross
You can donate online at https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/kcrgtv-pub. To donate by phone, call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).
You can also mail donations to:
American Red Cross
PO Box 37839
Boone, IA 50037-0839
The Salvation Army
Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online. You can also make donations by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
You can donate to United Way and support a specific community in the USA by visiting https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate#.
Rebuild Marshalltown Fund
The Rebuild Marshalltown Fund has been established to fund the long-term rebuilding efforts and community needs in Marshalltown. Donations can be made online here.
Marshalltown Central Business District
Those interested in donating specifically to rebuilding the Marshalltown Central Business District can donate at https://www.marshalltownmainstreet.org.
Mid-Iowa Community Action
Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) is accepting donations for individuals and families needing assistance following Thursday's tornado. Donate online: www.micaonline.org.
Ways to help other than money:
Donate your services
If you're in the Marshalltown area and hoping to help with clean up, or have a service to offer, visit this Facebook group page to find out what Marshalltown residents need help with.