By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many people are wondering how they can help with the tornado recovery effort. According to officials, donations are needed, not goods.

Greater Twin Cities United Way CEO Sarah Caruso said that, in addition to donating to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, citizens can make a contribution to a special fund that matches donations.

“We have put up $200,000 as a challenge. We are inviting everybody in the Twin Cities to challenge our grant and match our giving to help the residents in North Minneapolis.”

According to Caruso, there are three parts to a recovery effort that donations support.

“First we have to rescue and make sure people are safe and sound. Then we have to help them recover, which is really, how do they get back on their feet as quickly as possible? Then they have to go and live their lives for a long time.”

To participate in the Minnesota Helps-North Minneapolis Recovery Fund challenge you can visit

And make sure to check WCCO’s Tornado Resources page for further information on donations and cleanup efforts.

WCCO’s John Hines Interviews Sarah Caruso

Comments (16)
  1. Stacie says:

    @tri, a little harsh don’t ya think? To ‘cco, thank you for posting this information for those of us who want to help.

  2. Jason says:

    Keep your food and clothes. WE NEED YOUR MONEY! What a joke. Also keep your saws, shovels, and general clean up tools.

  3. ITsOKJusttakeAToke says:

    They are showing that we can handle issues by throwing money at it. You know Haitii has only recieved 45% of money donated through the red cross. Im done donating dollars, if they need help my labor and goods are up for donation.

  4. Cheryl says:

    So you think that a donation of used towels is going to help rebuild a house? Donate your goods to the Salvation Army, where they have people to sort it and distribute it (as the story above suggests), because people will need that sort of thing, too. But collective funds can buy more lumber and drywall in bulk than your used towel can. The story about the bum is completely uncalled for, and completely inappropriate to this situation. Organizations that deal exclusively with disaster relief actually know what they need (unlike those of us sitting comfortably at our computers), and while your used towels and broken handled shovels will find their place, the truth is that it takes money to buy the gas to drive hauling trucks, it takes money to purchase building materials, and it takes money to purchase food in the kind of bulk that is needed, versus one half-eaten sandwich at a time. This is not Haiti, so leave off with half-true comments that have nothing to do with this story. This is North Minneapolis — our back yard. If you truly hate the concept of paying for the goods and services it will require to help your neighbors, then get off your computer and go over there and help clean up. Otherwise join me in a little compassion and generosity, and give the relief funds what they need. $

    1. st paul says:

      In times of disaster, don’t you have home-owners insurance?

      1. Cheryl says:

        Yes I do, and it has a limit of the value of my house and its contents. I assume that’s true for my neighbors as well. That’s not hardly enough to clean up that level of destruction if our whole neighborhood is flattened. Luckily, both people in my home are working and we could probably limp along. My folks on social security? Not so much, without some help. Friends who’ve lost their jobs? Again, not so much. Don’t give any money if you don’t feel so moved. But please don’t deny that it’s going to take some cash to clean it all up, and not all of it is covered by insurance.

        1. Guy says:

          If you have a limit; you have the WRONG insurance. Look for a policy that
          has “guarenteed replacement” coverage – that means your house get fixed/replaced

      2. Carol says:

        Aren’t you assuming they have jobs.

        1. northisder for life says:

          what makes you think they dont have jobs? because they live in north minneapolis they dont work? i can assum alot about you from this comment.

  5. Jude says:

    Channel 11 is encouraging people to bring donations of goods to their Golden Valley station. Sooo do we not do this?

  6. mo says:

    I already pay taxes for their welfare checks. I’ve already done my part.

  7. Porshia says:

    Now really isn’t the time to debate on what needs to be done. We have people who need our help! Decide what is best for you to do and do it. Whether you decide to make a donation or volunteer your services, all is welcomed. Despite what anyone thinks is going on when funds are donated, understand its always about doing the right thing. If God moves you to make a donation and you find out later, the funds were not distributed properly, that takes nothing away from the fact that you did what you felt was right. The universe balances itself out at all times, trust me! For every one time someone thinks they’re getting over, their next obstacle will be twice as hard to overcome. Just do whatever God puts on your heart, he’ll take care of the rest.

    Lastly, thank you in advance for all the energy and effort put forth to assist those in need. This is truly a devastating time for many. We can not depend on newspapers and reporters to accurately inform those who were not directly victimized by this travesty, of the extent of damage that has been caused. Only the individuals living it and those who are so gracious enough to get involved will understand the magnitude of such an event.

  8. Mama J says:

    Just because a person lives in north Minneapolis does not mean they are on welfare. Nor does it mean they are Ghetto. I was very lucky by just a few blocks. I live in North Mpls too. I work very hard for what I need and want and I am a single mother. Some of you people need to worry more about those who just lost everything and quit making snap judgments. Have a little respect for others. This is not something that could have been prevented. No one, no matter what their race,gender,sexual preference or income status, NO ONE deserves this. And None of them need to read your hurtful comments. Have a heart and get a life.

  9. Brian says:

    People tend to donate all kinds of old junk when donations of goods are accepted. It takes major amounts of labor to sort this stuff and a lot of money is spent getting rid of the trash.

    I know folks will want to donate bottled water and the like, but that too requires lots of labor to deal with. It is far easier to gather up money and have a bottled water distributor show up with a semi full of water. They also get the water a whole lot cheaper.

  10. Chrissy says:

    I really cant afford to donate money right now but I would like to donate time. How can I do that? Is there a volunteer program i can sign up through or how does that work?

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