Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Joplin-How You Can Help

Many of you, both near and far, have requested information on how you can help.
Below is some information you may find useful with some links on how you can help make a positive impact.

Obviously Dan is the tallest gentleman in the middle (The one holding the chainsawed momento "Dan" of this devastating crisis in his life). Dan and his wife Lorie (a nurse) have
three kids, two sons in college, and a daughter, Meghan, who is in high school. Dan, his wife, one son, Meghan, and their dog were home at the time and took refuge in their basement bathroom. They could hear the water sucked out of the toilet next to them as they felt intense pressure in their ears and chaos above them. (I can't even imagine their fear and terror!) 
Dan and his family have shown amazing strength and resilience through it all. They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers of everyone both near and far. They are wonderful, kindhearted, people!
This is the view down Dan's street. As bad as this street is--we have been down many, many more that look similar and many more that are much worse. (Hard to imagine but true!)

 The reason why people are standing here was because once we moved all of that debris up to the curb-we were waiting for a dump truck to come by and bring a huge metal debris bin by to put all of the debris (Minus the wood items as FEMA will come by and pick that up later). It was amazing to see everyone bustling about and observing how much we accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. The power of numbers! Still a long way from completion though.

 Mick is in the back row just to the left of Dan. (I'm taking the picture).

Today Mick is back over with about 60 more people from his work to help out Dan's neighbors and others. Really impressed with his company for standing by their people!
Below is an excerpt from my Mick's email to his colleagues and co-workers). It has links to how you can help if you so choose.

**Since the McCreary Family has the most significant needs, a PayPal
account has been set up to accept financial support for their specific needs.  If you would like to donate directly to them, you can click on the following PayPal link:
Dan McCreary Family Fund               
Please note, this is strictly voluntary. It’s simply, “friends helping friends” out during a time of need and the contributions go directly to the McCreary Family.
Other options for consideration including donating directly to the American Red Cross - Greater Ozarks Missouri Chapter for the relief effort in Joplin or to the Convoy of Hope. 
For those of you wishing to donate to the Convoy of Hope, you can simply text the word “convoy” to 50555 and $10.00 will automatically be charged to  your cell phone bill.  For every $1 that is donated to Convoy of Hope, ~$7 of direct supplies and aid is given. **

Thank you to all who have and will continue to contribute to the cause whether it is via monetary donations, donations of time, donations of prayer and donations of positive thoughts. They are all TRULY appreciated!

1 comment:

  1. It's so crazy to see the force a tornado has - sad, but amazing pictures...


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