Last May, Joplin, Missouri was ravished by a horrific tornado that claimed more than 160 lives. Being just a couple of hours to the northwest of Joplin, this tragedy hit close to home. Many people from my community have family and friends who were in Joplin on that devastating day.
Immediately following the tornado, there was an outpouring of donations and volunteerism. People joined together to help those affected. Our community shipped truckloads of water, clothing, toiletries and other necessities. It seems that sometimes the worst of circumstances brings out the best in people.
This coming Friday (January 13th) ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will air their series finale, which takes place in Joplin. One thing that makes this episode unique is “Extreme Makeover” typically builds a house in seven days, but this time it will build seven homes in seven days. The stories of the families involved will no doubt be touching to say the least.
The handsome fella 2nd from the left is Brett, a former student at Chanute High School when I was a teacher (back in the day). He was a volunteer, helping with the construction of the homes. I’m alway proud when former students go on to contribute to society in a positive way!!