Today my work colleagues and I got the opportunity to volunteer in Joplin, MO to help with their tornado relief efforts.
It has been 30 days since the devastating tornado hit Joplin. Areas of the city are unrecognizable. As we drove through town I snapped a couple of photos with my cell phone.
The pictures don't begin to tell the story.
Several different distribution centers have been set up in the city to aid those that need help. We worked at a center today that was distributing food, toiletries, paper products, baby items and cleaning supplies.
If you have ever wondered if the items you donate to relief efforts get to the people that need it, I assure you they do.
Pallets of food and supplies arrived from all over the U.S.
These items are carefully and thoughtfully organized so that people can "shop" for the items they need.
As volunteers we uncrated boxes, distributed items to the proper tents, restocked the tables and made sure that people knew it was OK to take all they needed.
It was amazing to see families that lost most or all of their possessions worry about taking too much. They wanted to make sure that there was enough for everyone.
I am very thankful to my company for giving me the opportunity to volunteer. It was one of the most fulfilling days I've had in a long time.