On Sunday, May 23, a tornado tore through Joplin killing and injuring many in its path. Multiple homes and businesses were completely destroyed. Earlier this week my husband and I had the opportunity to go to Joplin with a group from our church to help with tornado recovery efforts. We weren't sure what we would do there or what we might see, but we both felt the urge to help these people that have been affected by such a disaster and show them God's love. When we arrived we were sent to an address to assist a family in putting a tarp over their roof and clearing out trees that had fallen on and around their house. The devastation was unimaginable. I took my camera with me to document a bit of our trip. Below are some shots I was able to snap in between carrying tree branches and debris to the curb.
There is still much help needed. The distributions centers in Joplin have been overwhelmed with supplies and now the only donations that are being accepted are financial support. From now until the end of the month, for every $50 TG Photography gift certificate purchased, $25 will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. These certificates can be used towards sessions already booked and there are no limitations on who can use them. Must be paid for through Paypal and you will receive a receipt with proof of donation. Contact email@example.com to purchase a certificate.