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Monday, May 23, 2011

When Bad Things Happen - Joplin Tornado

Edited 5/24 by Lisa - The Granola Catholic - The weather in this part of the country flared up again tonight.  Tornado warnings from west of Oklahoma City through my neck of the woods. The news is still covering the storms. So many lives are being affected by this same weather system. Please keep everyone in your prayers

As I sit here tonight in my safe house typing this, I am watching the local news coverage of the tornado that hit Joplin. Joplin is a quick (in this neck of the woods) 1 hour drive from us. Yesterday I went with my children to downtown Tulsa. While enjoying ourselves at several Art festivals. Pi grabbed my camera and snapped these pictures. Little did we know that These dramatic clouds would grow to be fearsome storms

and leave damagetornado-joplin-inside-small
 that looks like this.
One third of Joplin Mo, is gone. Over 100 are dead.  Recovery has been made difficult by the ongoing bad weather.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. Right now the best way to help is with donations.

If you are interested in helping you can do can send donations to

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Office:
CCSM/ 601 S. Jefferson Ave. / Springfield, MO 65806. Please note on the donation “Joplin”. 

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Annie Jones said...

Although I am not from Joplin, and have only driven through there on my way to other places, this tornado literally hit close to home for many of my friends, both in real life and on line. I've already made a cash donation and we have donated a full truck load of immediate need items to our local drop-off point.

It's easy to dismiss these disasters when they happen elsewhere, whether elsewhere is in another state or another country. When they happen in your home state, or as with you, within a short drive of your home, they are real eye-openers. This could happen to any of us, and I knew we'd dearly appreciate the help if we were in the same situation.

granola catholic said...

Annie, I have driven through Joplin many times too. It is hard to picture 1/3 of the town GONE. I know that the people of Joplin will appreciate anything you can send them. Several area churches around here are mobilizing fill the truck campaigns.

We have another night of stormy weather forecasted for tonight and they say it will be the worst of them all. People in Joplin may be able to get back on track after tonight.

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