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When I woke early last Monday morning, the sunshine streaming into the bedroom promised that the day was filled with possibility.  Still nestled under the covers, I sat up to high five my husband, George, and kiss him goodbye as he left for his second week at his new job after being unemployed for an entire year.  It had been a difficult year as we were both among the unemployed with only sporadic work for me.  During this time, we tried hard not to lose hope and to keep our spirits up.  Fortunately, we were surrounded by amazing family and friends who generously and continuously gave us their love and support.  We have been in a state of giddiness since learning George had secured a good job and feel truly blessed that we were able to weather this difficult storm without losing our home, which was our biggest fear. Yet, a home, without warning can be lost in a moment… 

I turned on the TV to catch the beginning of Good Morning America, sipped my coffee, checked my blackberry as my foot rubbed the tummy of German Shepherd I heard that a horrible tornado had hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday night. This hit home because I knew that one of my dearest friends, Cindy Yantis, has family living in this charming community.  I called her and was happy to learn that her family was safe however, the impact of the storm has been truly devastating to all who live and work in Joplin.  Images on my TV screen illustrated her words. She was breathless as she shared that her beloved 98 year old grandmother had just two days prior been in the St. John’s Regional Medical Center hospital in a room on the sixth floor…a floor that no longer exists.

The tornado that struck Joplin was the single deadliest to strike our country in over 60 years.  The twister was a mile wide, traveled 190-mph for six miles destroying one-third of the city and leaving 132 dead and hundreds of search parties seeking the missing. Joplin’s population is 49,024 which bustles to 270,000 during the work day.  I am struck with the city motto: “Proud of our Past…Shaping our Future.”  The pride and resilience of this community shines in all the survivors.  Hope is ever present. “It’s only a house. We will get through this and we will rebuild.”  It’s only a house. I wish upon them all the wonderful support George and I received this past year.

After the Joplin tornado, a man grabbed his video camera to capture a rare site.  A double rainbow could be seen above the crumbled community – a beautiful sign that with love, support and determination, this community and others will have brighter days in the future.

Helping A Community

Below are some sites and information on how you can help.  I know it can seem overwhelming as with each hour more reports of tornadoes and destruction are being reported.  One small action, be it posting words of support on the Joplin Facebook page or texting a $10 donation and sharing with your friends the action you have taken to help this community rebuild, WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

As always in times of tragedy in our nation and around the world, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way and World Vision among hundreds of other community and grassroot agencies are on the ground providing shelter, delivering emergency kits, food, water and medical care/supplies and hugs to those that have experienced loss. What would we do without these extraordinary organizations?!




This site shares info about how you can help the victims by text, by phone, by internet and by mail.  Numerous other information as well including emergency shelters, hotlines, FEMA, etc




Lost Pets

The City of Joplin in partnership with Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri has established a Joplin Tornado First Response Fund.You can donate online (click here). Be sure to note “Joplin Tornado First Response Fund” in the fund/program box.You can also send a check to: Joplin Tornado First Response Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801.


Relief Spark – a non-profit’s whose mission is to remodel schools, has turned their Twitter into a feed of valuable information for tornado survivors. Tweets are directing first responders to meeting places and posting when shelters have opened their doors to victims.

Mercy Joplin – serving and supporting patients, co-workers and community affected by the
Joplin MO tornado


American Red Cross

Call: 1-800-RED-CROSS

Text:”REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Mail: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013

State of Missouri
Joplin Tornado Information

The Salvation Army
Text: “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donationCall: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Online:  http://www.donate.salvatoinarmyusa.org

Mail: Joplin Tornado Relief,
The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway,
Kansas City, Mo. 64111


World Vision

Call:  888-56-CHILD

Text:  “TORNADO” to 20222



The Heart of Missouri United Way

Call:  573-443-4523

Text: JOPLIN to 864833



Feeding America

Helping the hungry in this tornado-striken region.






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