God Bless Joplin, Missouri!

Last night, a three-vortex, EF4 tornado tore a mile-wide, six-mile long swath of destruction through Joplin, MO, a town that’s about 280 miles from St. Louis.

As of this morning, 89 people are confirmed dead and many missing.  The hospital was in the direct path of the tornado and lost most of the entire top floor of the building along with devastating damage.

Here is a slideshow of the devastation:  Joplin, MO 5-23-11.  The hospital was horribly damaged.  Five patients and one visitor are confirmed dead.

Send prayers, thoughts, energy-whatever you wish to send-to Joplin’s residents.  They’re getting hit again this morning with severe thunderstorms, hail, and rain.

After you’re done praying, if you want to do more, here are some links:

American Red Cross – Money, energy, and blood donations. You can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.  Standard data rates may apply.

Salvation Army – Money, energy, food donations.  You can make a $10 donation by texting ARMY to 90999.  Standard data rates may apply.

God Bless Joplin, MO.

Peace, J.

UPDATE:  Death toll is now 117 and rising.  This is the most destructive tornado to hit one town in the US since 1953.  More storms today.

UPDATE: 5-25:  Death toll over 120.  More tornadoes expected again today.

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