Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Relief

Joplin, Missouri


Tornado Relief — Joplin, Missouri

June 2011 — Saturday, June 25, was SI's last day of work in Joplin. Since May 24, more than 2,000 volunteers have worked with SI to clear debris more than 200 acres of debris. Volunteers came from places like Wyoming, New York, California, Louisiana, and Florida.

Jim and Gail Bearden are two of those volunteers, and they've been cooking breakfast for other SI volunteers. The Beardens live in the Sunset Hills suburb of St. Louis, and their home was badly damaged by a New Year's Eve tornado. "When we were hit by the tornado, we were overwhelmed. We hardly knew where to start. And then one day, in the middle of our crisis, two or three hundred Service International volunteers swarmed our property and generously took care of us, removing downed trees and debris. They were absolutely amazing. So when we heard that SI was working in Joplin, we decided to come here and take care of them. It's very rewarding to give back."

Financial donations are welcome. To make a donation, use the "Make a Donation" button on the Home Page. Contributions by check may be mailed to 17466 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield MO 63005, or call Service International headquarters at 636.532.9008. Service International is a 501 (c) 3 disaster relief nonprofit organization.



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