I was in Joplin this past Friday with some local Osage County alumni of Missouri Southern State University. They dropped off supplies and were waiting around to see how they could help. After photographing the drop-off I went to see who would eventually be getting the donations.
Addison Brigance, 7, tears up after colliding with her twin brother as they try to salvage what is left of their home in Joplin. Only the three bedrooms remain standing at the Brigance home on Delaware. The family survived the tornado in a closet.
Amy and Kent Taylor of Little Rock walk down Delaware Street towards their relatives home. Their family has lived in Joplin for more than 70s years and is the Taylor’s “second home.” All of their family members survived the tornado.
Jan Gaither stands on the foundation of her home, which was destroyed in the tornado. Her and her husband Jim were at church when the tornado struck. The Gaithers had recently bought the home and were in the process of getting it insured. “Nothing seems normal any more,” Gaither said.
Many local companies are still taking donations for Joplin relief aid. For more information contact the local Red Cross in Bartlesville, Okla., at (918) 336-2216.