Reconstructing one’s life takes time, an enormous amount of energy and help from others. Joplin received much kindness immediately after the tornado and the families were incredibly thankful. Six months later, however, a great deal of work and healing remain.
What was your favorite toy as a child? Did you carefully stage an army led by G.I. Joe to storm the toy box? Was your Barbie always elegantly dressed and styled, ready for her date with Ken?
There are many Joplin children who have lost their beloved toys – they were swept away in the wind or buried under the rubble of the children’s houses when an F5 tornado ravaged the city of Joplin on May 22.
This holiday season is difficult for most families in the Joplin area, as so many still do not have a permanent place to live or are in the midst of recovering from the trauma of that day. They continue to put the pieces of their lives back together, finding new jobs, replacing necessities and finding a new definition of a normal day.
Everywhere they look, though, they are reminded of the devastation, the lost lives, the fear. Even though the people of Joplin have shown such a strong sense of community and demonstrated countless selfless acts to help others, they can’t escape the sights of flattened neighborhoods or broken trees. That stress takes a toll on a person.
Joplin Expats wants to help ease the stress for a few Joplin families this Christmas. Our partnering organizations – Boys & Girls Club, Bright Futures Joplin and the Lafayette House – are helping us choose the most deserving families in need, who will have no other support.
one they will never forget!
With YOUR help, we will fulfill some of the children’s Christmas wishes and provide a warm meal for the family to share. Every family deserves a time to relax, celebrate each other and simply be together. That chance means even more to families in Joplin this year, as they have been forced to consider the alternatives.
Your contribution will help us provide up to $500 for each family to purchase toys and provide a warm meal for the family to share. 100% of your donation (less transaction fees) will go directly to these efforts for the chosen families.
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Some of the children’s wishes to santa include:
- Winter coat and clothes
- Star Wars toys
- Bop It game
- Books in the Hunger Games series
- CD / MP3 Player
- Bey Blade Metal Fusion Battle Top Yes, some of today’s favorite toys may require more batteries than when we were children, but they are prized possessions, nonetheless!