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The tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 came and went in the blink of an eye, but the aftereffects will last much longer than that. The effort to clean up and rebuild Joplin is still going strong, and we at Lauren’s Hope haven’t forgotten our neighbors, either!
With more than 8,000 homes, 500 commercial buildings, and one-third of the city destroyed, displaced residents of Joplin are in serious need of temporary housing and unemployment assistance. Volunteers from several organizations have stepped up to help, but the task is a daunting one.
"To look at the debris the way it was laid out there, it was so splintered, so chopped up, it literally looked like a meat grinder went through the town," Kevin VanHorn, a volunteer with the Salvation Army’s Emergency Services Canteen said.
As the cleanup continues, the state of Missouri is setting up a Resource, Recovery, and Rebuilding Center with assistance, information, and support for the citizens of Joplin as they struggle to get back on their feet. Various state agencies are establishing a presence in the Center to do their part in the relief effort, but they recognize that recovery will not be quick or easy. The devastation caused by the tornado will not soon be forgotten.
Do your part to help with the relief effort by spreading the word about Lauren’s Hope’s Facebook page fundraiser. Simply “like” us on Facebook and tell your friends to do the same. For each new “like” we receive (up to 5,000) before June 30, we will donate $1 to the relief effort in Joplin!
We want to donate $5,000, but we need your help!
Thank you for your patience in announcing last week's Free Stuff Friday winners.
The winner of Item 1: Laura B. "They're all wonderful, like all your products! I'd be glad to win any of them, although #1 is my favorite :)"
The winner of Item 2: Dean B. "My daughter now 10+ years from being diagnosed would love the colors in the show stopper! Lauren's Hope bracelets are the only ones she's worn in the past 10years."
The winner of Item 3: Kristi L. "I LOVE LOVE LOVE #3. It is sooo different!"
An email will be sent to each of this week's Free Stuff Friday winners. Have a great week, everyone!