Blake Reports From Joplin

We continue to keep our thoughts and prayers with the good folks of Joplin and their recovery from last weekend’s brutal tornado.

Blake Thomas is one of our loyal readers and he’s been around this site since Day No. 1. He provided a report after spending last week with family in Joplin. I thought I would share it with you.

Hello Bob,

I have been in Joplin this week helping my mother after the Joplin tornado, and finally got a chance to catch up with Chiefs news. I was grateful to see your posts about Joplin and reports from Dan. The most important thing to me is that my mother and the family survived the tornado and are doing well despite losing their home. It is still shocking that the neighborhood where I grew up is gone, along with over a quarter of the city.

Many volunteers have come to our neighborhood during the clean up offering help, food and water. Every few minutes someone comes down the street offering food and a cold drink. My family will be fine, but I also hope people will not forget Joplin as the rebuilding will take many months. I have attached a photo (above) of my mother’s house with our message if you would like to use it to thank you and your readers for their support of Joplin.

Joplin will be back and even stronger. Thank you again for your help.

Blake Thomas

The recovery of Joplin will not happen in a week, a month, or even a year. These people will need our attention and support for a long time. Again, if you have it available, or for whatever reason haven’t given before, any contribution will help these people.

There are many avenues of support where you can contribute. We’ve chosen to concentrate on the good folks at the Salvation Army. To make a contribution, the Army has multiple methods:

  • Text the world “Joplin” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  • On line at
  • By mail, send checks to: Joplin Tornado Relief, The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.

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