When it comes to 2011's top stories of crises, the call for action doesn't end just because the year is coming to a close. HuffPost Impact's news stories that spur people to action retain permanence and relevance long after the hype has subsided. From the devastating tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., to the "worst humanitarian crisis" in Somalia, to first-ever studies revealing grim realities for our veterans, we describe the need for ongoing aid and provide the best ways for you to make a difference.
Check out the top humanitarian and social crises of 2011 that made you say, "I have to do something to help."
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