229461_200495673328192_100001032824584_578101_3949375_nMy family is from Joplin, Missouri, and while my relatives are all well and accounted for my heart goes out to all of those who’ve lost loved ones and to all of those who are beginning the hard work of rebuilding and recovering in the aftermath. ¬†Please take a moment to donate to an organization dedicated to assisting in this process:

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross

The United Way of Southwest Missouri

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Ozarks Food Harvest

A larger list of organizations collecting donations can also be found at rebuildjoplin.org and at the Joplin Tornado Relief Fundraising Efforts Facebook page here.

(*Photo taken by my cousin in my grandparents’ Joplin neighborhood.)