Disaster agencies are asking for donations as southwestern Missouri city copes with aftermath of deadly twister.
The death toll from Sunday's twister was raised to at least 116 in Joplin, Mo., with more than 1,000 injured.
Here is a list of some non-profit agencies and ways you can respond to Sunday's disaster:
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 864833 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to the Heart of Missouri United Way
----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/
--Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency links on its website to a page with non-profits that operate in the state and provides tips to avoid scams here: http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp
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
Survivors Safe and Well List
The American Red Cross created a web page for survivors in Joplin to notify family members and for family members to search a list of who's registered on the site.
Mail A Check
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
1545 N. West ByPass
The Salvation Army
Kansas City, MO
Include the phrase "Joplin Tornado"
Would someone please try this and let me know how this is...YUCK LOL
A family had all but given up on their dog, Mason, after a tornado that ripped through Birmingham, AL, on April 27th picked up the terrier mix, who was hiding in the garage, and carried him away.
But last week, when the family returned to their home to inspect the damage, they found Mason sitting on the front porch.
He has "2 broken legs", and yet, he managed to crawl home.
Mason was to undergo an operation to realign his bones (adding splints). Doctors expect his recovery to take a while, but ultimately successful recovery.
Is he the next Justin Beiber?? This kid is pretty dang talented
~~ FOR RENT: The dream house LeAnn Rimes and then husband, Dean Sheremet, finished building in Franklin, Tennessee. All 13,310 square feet, 7 bedrooms, and 9.5 bathrooms of it.
The house went on the market for a bargain at $7.45 million, but hasn't sold yet.
So LeAnn's renting it out.
THE RENT: $25,000 a month.
Now fellas..this is how you do it
These are the full clips of the fall shows on ABC..some look really good!!
It's that time of year, TV watchers.
Network upfronts are all this week, which means news of show renewals and cancellations will be rolling in faster than you can tweet your reactions. And even though the networks have already made plenty of announcements for a number of shows (yay, Chuck!), we're still awaiting news on several bubble shows.
That's why we put together this list of the major networks and the fate of their shows. As upfronts week continues, we'll be updating it as we go, until we've got every network's decision mapped out for you…
TWITTER: Follow Team WWK all week for constant scoop from network upfronts: @JenniferArrow @DruMoorhouse @JBomb11 @fatherdowling
If the show is bolded, it's already been renewed for next season (and sometimes beyond). If the show is still awaiting official confirmation of a pickup, it's simply in italics. If the show has a strikethrough, well, you've probably already figured out that means it's been canceled.
And yes, we know some shows are definitely sure things for renewal, but until we get an official announcement from the network, we're keeping it as "not yet renewed," just to be on the safe side. Upfronts are known to drop some shockers on us!
Better With You
Body of Proof
Brothers & Sisters
Dancing With the Stars
No Ordinary Family
Off the Map
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
The Good Wife
How I Met Your Mother
Mike & Molly
NCIS: Los Angeles
Rules of Engagement
$#*! My Dad Says
Two and a Half Men
The Biggest Loser
Law & Order: Los Angeles
Law & Order: SVU
Parks and Recreation
The Chicago Code
The Cleveland Show
Lie to Me
America's Next Top Model
One Tree Hill
The Vampire Diaries
Even if you're not watching the current season of American Idol and hate country music, you still need to watch the following heartwarming video. In it, country superstar Josh Turner surprises Scotty McCreery, one of the top three contestants on Idol, during his hometown visit. If you're a fan of either or both, you'll like it even more.
McCreery is the country guy on this year's show. At just 17, he's humble, down-to-earth, and just a seemingly good guy. As he's up performing during his hometown visit (and those are always moving enough) in Garner, N.C., Turner comes out on stage. At first, McCreery has no idea why the crowd is going wild, then when he realizes Turner is on stage with him, he's blown away. Chills!
You can tell it was a complete surprise to McCreery and in no way rehearsed. I love that and think there way too few true surprises in life ... of the joyous kind anyway.
I'm also a total sap when it comes to American Idol. I get teary every time I see the stories of the contestants, their hopes and dreams, and the joy in their eyes and those of their family when they belt out the tunes. And to see this young kid -- he's just a junior in high school -- meet and perform with his idol just melts me into a puddle of tears.
Plus, as much as my former punk-rock-loving self is aghast to admit, I have grown to love country music over the years. The first song they performed together "Your Man" is one of my current favorites, and, incidentally the Turner song McCreery auditioned with and has performed on Idol. The second one they sang was Turner's first hit, "Long Black Train," which is another great tune. For as nervous as McCreery was, he did an amazing job at keeping his composure; and they sounded good together.
Whether McCreery wins the American Idol crown this season or not, Turner may have just given him something even better. And I have feeling anyone on the fence as to who they want to see as the next American Idol may be firmly in the McCreery camp after seeing this video.
Potty-training is one of the most divisive subjects in the battlefield of motherhood. No matter where you turn, someone is going to offer unsolicited advice about how and when you should potty-train you toddler. During my daughter's toddlerhood, I heard every extreme on the subject. "My son was potty-trained at 14 months. I spanked him if he had an accident," said one mom. Another told me that she sees no reason to pressure her 4-year-old into potty-learning, and that she figures the child will do it "when she's ready."
The subject of how to handle accidents is sure to come up when you begin the tireless adventure of potty-training your child. While I don't have the answers for every mom, these are the tips that worked best for us to handle potty accidents.
1. Don't spank. While I know some moms who have proclaimed success using spankings to address potty accidents, I know many more who have seen complete failure with this technique. Spankings teach children to be afraid and embarrassed of accidents, and to associate a natural bodily function with punishment. From what I've seen, toddlers do best when they associate the potty with something positive, not when they view it as an escape from something physically painful. A swat on the butt will not cure a child of his inability to control his bladder or bowels. It will, however, cause him to feel very distressed about the entire process of maturing into the potty-using stage.
2. Don't humiliate your child. Potty accidents are embarrassing to both you and your child, especially if they occur in a public place. But there is no need to worsen an already-distressing situation if your toddler has an accident. Your toddler needs to know that you're on the same team, and that you don't purposefully seek to hurt or upset her. If she wets herself at the playground, the best thing you can do is discretely whisper, "Wow, this is embarrassing! Let's get you a change of clothes. I don't think anyone noticed."
3. Say you're upset. My toddler went a week with no potty-related accidents whatsoever, then had an accident in the children's library. Yikes! As we raced to the potty to clean up and change, I did provide support and comfort -- but I also made it clear that I was upset. Point out the obvious so that your child understands how these accidents affect you. "I'm really upset. This is very embarrassing and I'd been excited about how well you were doing with the potty," gets the message across appropriately. Your toddler doesn't need to be humiliated or shamed, but she does need to know that potty accidents inconvenience you.
4. Offer a reminder. Every single time your toddler has an accident, make a point of reminding him of how and when to use the potty. Tell him to alert you when he feels like he needs to use the potty, and remind him that it's not a good idea to "hold it" longer than necessary. Make sure your toddler knows that he can ask you to go to the potty any time and any place, even if it is inconvenient. An inconvenient trip to the bathroom is far easier than a messy accident in a public place!
5. Address the accident promptly. I have heard many parents recommend that parents allow their potty-training toddlers to wear soiled or wet clothes for an extended period of time, to teach the toddler a lesson. I do not view this as a viable option for handling potty accidents. Most toddlers who are developmentally ready to potty-train can remove their own wet or soiled clothes. If they can't, they may face a painful or even dangerous rash due to the bacteria and ammonia against their skin. Don't force this on your child unnecessarily; it isn't likely to have a positive outcome. Instead, deal with the accident quickly so that your toddler understands that an accident has occurred and that it needs to be addressed.
Remember that terrible mother who said she gives Botox and "virgin waxes" to her 8-year-old daughter to improve her chances at beauty pageants? She's real, and says she's doing nothing wrong. Good Morning America tracked down little Britney Campbell and mother Kerry, an aesthetician who regularly injects botulism into her daughter's face.
Botox Mom says her baby wants the procedures: "We talked about it. She didn't exactly ask me about it, but I know she was complaining about her face having wrinkles, and things like that." (Kerry keeps referring to "wrinkles," but when she points them out in pictures, I'm pretty sure she's just pointing at Britney's dimples?) "It's a tough world in the pageant world, I'm telling you," the hard-knock child abuser concludes.
GMA via Jezebel