In October, the teenagers and I had the opportunity to travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and help with the tornado relief efforts that had been taking place since their deadly tornadoes in April 2011. Much like the videos and photos that we have seen the past few days in Indiana, the destruction was terrible, the stories were heart wrenching and the work seemed endless. We have received several emails requesting information about how people can help.

One of the most important things people can do right now is donate money. WTHR says it well when they say, “No donation is too small because the need is so great”. Children can really feel like they are making a difference right now by donating some of their allowance, their birthday money, their piggy bank money or even a portion of it! Some families ascribe to the share, save, spend practice of teaching money handling to their children, what better place to share today? The most effective way to do this is with any IN PERSON opportunity. I still tear up remembering the teens handing over their hard earned money in person to a disaster relief organization.

A volunteer reception site has been announced by the Department of Homeland Security at 723 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana from 9am-4:30pm. For more information 812-287-0519, 812-287-0522, 812-287-0523, 812-287-0521. Volunteers will be needed for many tasks! If you have time, please give it here!

The Gleaners Food Bank and the Midwest Foodbank will provide food for disaster areas. For more information and to donate, please visit their websites: http://www.gleaners.org/ and http://www.midwestfoodbank.org/%20/ Gleaners is also accepting donations of food and especially requests cleaning supplies.

The United Way is helping with the Volunteer Reception Site in Jeffersonville and accepting donations online: http://www.metrounitedway.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=9

The Pacer’s have donated $100,000 and will be taking donations at the game on Tuesday. Donations will also be taken at the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

RTV6 and 93 WIBC have teamed up to help The Salvation Army of Indiana collect cash donations. Donations can be brought to the Circle until 7pm at the WIBC studios today. Donations can also be made by credit card online. At this time, only monetary donations are being accepted https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/indiana/stormrelief

The Salvation Army will collect monetary donations on an ongoing basis. You can make donations online here. http://salvationarmyindiana.org/site/

The American Red Cross of Indiana will also collect monetary donations on an ongoing basis. http://www.redcross-indy.org/

The Indy Kids Consignment Sale in collaboration with the Good Samaritan Network are collecting diapers in a semi trailer to be distributed to families in the affected areas. You can drop these off at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville this Wednesday through Saturday.

WTHR studios at 1000 North Meridian St is accepting drop offs of monetary donations until 8pm.

While grocery shopping at Kroger, you can make a donation by adding to your grocery bill.

Tom Wood Toyota will be collecting donations now through Thursday in support of relief efforts in Southern Indiana. They are looking for assistance in the form of bottled water, canned foods, diapers, baby food, dog food, and cat food. Employees of Tom Wood Toyota are also personally contributing, and staff members will drive all donations down on Friday.  4202 Lafayette Road  Indianapolis, IN 46254

Plum District will donate 10% of all sales from this week to the American Red Cross.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is collecting monetary donations online. (umcor.org, click on “Midwest Tornadoes”)

This list will be updated as more information is available. Please feel free to submit any other information about Indiana disaster relief to katy@indianapoliswithkids.com