One man said: “it was like a scene out of a war movie, only worse.”
The EF4 tornado cut a wide path through Joplin on a lazy spring Sunday night taking a piece of the heart of Missouri with it.
“There was no time,” one survivor said. The woman then explained how she and dozens of others hid in the hallway of a church. “When we heard the roar of the tornado, we knew we were in trouble.”
CNN and FOX covered the carnage and horror; it was the very real pain of human loss. The proliferation of media and distribution of messages and images from various sites were unparalleled. The incredible video of children working side-by-side with parents sifting through what remained of their homes in the harsh rain. Watching couples hold each other and cry while other survivors talked to the cameras and reporters regarding the search for their missing loved ones moved us as a nation.
Hal Donaldson, Founder & President of Convoy of Hope said, “Thousands of families in Joplin are hurting… Some lost loved ones; thousands have lost their homes, possessions and businesses. It’s heartbreaking, but it also provides an opportunity for the nation to come alongside the residents of Joplin to give them hope.”
We saw evidence of that as thousands of volunteers descended on Joplin. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were also poured in to the various churches and charities on the ground. In addition, there were truckloads of supplies dispersed in the devastated areas. Celebrities, politicians, sport stars, and every day people from around the nation, pitched in to help ease the pain and suffering in Joplin, MO.
As I watched truckloads of provisions being delivered into Joplin, I recognized that the literally tons of necessities comprised the generosity of hundreds of companies. Additionally, as I read reports concerning the millions of dollars donated for rebuilding, I knew that it was hundreds of thousands of people opening up their hands in support. It was also an incredible sight to see volunteers stream into the city at their own expense, doing whatever they could to aid their fellow man in a time of need. The owners of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 1, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Chevrolet car even put Convoy of Hope’s logo (charity heavily active in Joplin) on its car for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray, from Joplin, drove the car in the race.
These great acts of service displayed that when each of us gives what we can, the sum of the whole is more than any one-person can do alone.
It is clear that there is POWER IN GENEROSITY.
You might not have been able to contribute to the need in Joplin, but you can always find an opportunity to help someone who desperately needs your succor. Try giving today; you may be surprised to find that the more you give, the more you have to give. Try it today and see what happens.