I just received this letter from my TAAN partner in Missouri, Brent Beshore. I have been following his activity on Twitter and Facebook for the past two days and have been genuinely inspired not only by his passion and astute use of social media in a time a crisis but by the results he has generated in such a short time: he's rallied 133,000 people on a Facebook page and has raised $125,000 in 36 hours.
Although I have not met you all, I can't tell you how grateful and proud I am to be associated with such a fine group of people. My hometown has been devastated. I've had friends killed and others with homes destroyed. If you and your staffs could share the links below through social media it would help tremendously. My staff has shut down our offices and are focused on it full time. We have 133,000 people on the FB page and have raised $125,000 in 36 hours through this effort. Please join us and help those who desperately need it. My sincerest thanks for your efforts.
I know a lot of readers are active in social media. I'm asking for your help. Donationg a few minutes of your social media skills could make a big difference to people who are struggling to overcome loss and adversity in the aftermath of the devastating Joplin tornado. Here are the connections that you can email, tweet, post on Facebook, or share however you can:
Facebook: Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery
Donation site: The Heart of Missouri United Way
Mobile phone donation: Text “JOPLIN” to 864833 to make a $10 donation to the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund.
Twitter: Use hastag: #JoplinMidMO