joplin Missouri tornado

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Today, I am taking a break from posting my usual fun creative ideas. I just can’t stop thinking about the storm that hit Missouri. I grew up close to this area and so saddened by the devastation and loss. I’ve been in several tornadoes before, but nothing like what is going on lately with these monster storms.  It’s really unbelievable when you see the footage on the news. I want to do whatever I can on my blog to help.

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Photo by Mike Gullett – AP

A reader Lori from Joplin said:

“My family is all safe, but many of our friends are badly hurt. Some are homeless. It really is awful. It is very frustrating to not be able to help but they are asking people to stay out of the way and let the S&R and emergency folks do their work. Tomorrow my son and I are headed to a sit with a friend who is shell-shocked, and then to a shelter to see what we can do…it may not be much but it’s something!”

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As we brace for more storms here in Texas. My prayers go out to the people of Joplin.

How to Help Tornado Victims in Joplin

  • The Joplin United Way is a great place to start. 100% of donations will go directly to Joplin United Way, with ZERO overhead. Follow this link to donate via PayPal, call 573-443-4523 or text “Joplin” to 864833.
  • The American Red Cross has a page for Missouri tornado and flood relief.
  • The Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery Facebook page is dedicated to aid efforts and contains the latest, up-to-date information on news and how to help.

If you are from the area or if you know of anyone there, have stories, etc… please comment here and so we can keep you as well as your friends and family in our prayers. Forward this to your friends who might want to help as well.

Thank you! -Amy

Originally published on May 24, 2011. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto

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