I'm sure you've seen on the national news the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. I was born in Joplin and lived in Galena, Kansas (where the funnel clouds formed). The video and news are so incredibly heartbreaking. If you live near the area, there are several ways to volunteer. If you're not near the area (like me), there are still a ton of ways to help. Please check out these links:
Tornado Relief Efforts list compiled by the Girls Scouts-- GREAT LIST
You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate money.
Photos from the storm
First person video of the tornado hitting
You can also follow @communitysource on twitter or facebook.com/communitysource for updates and ways to help.
My parents haven't been able to get in touch with friends yet, but we're praying for their safety. Sovereign God is in control and knows the needs and reasons.