August 10, 2012

Joplin Family Worship Center Community Involvement!!

Name of Organization or Cause *
Joplin Family Worship Center

Rachel Landes* - National American Miss Missouri

Total Hours Served* - 6 hours

I was so humbled to have the opportunity to serve the people of my home state who were affected by the devastating tornadoes this summer. I spent the day driving down to Joplin and volunteering my time at the Joplin Family Worship Center with a variety of jobs. I went through boxes of donated clothes and shoes, and I then organized and folded them for the center's huge tent where Joplin residents could come to stock up on basic necessities for free. My sister queens and I also helped prepare meals for their daily "Meals on Wheels." We then went door to door in one of the neighborhoods offering hot meals and water to isolated residents.

Joplin was a hot topic in the news immediately after the tornadoes destroyed most of the city in May. As unbelievable as the video footage and photos were on the news, seeing entire neighborhoods destroyed was incredibly sobering. Not only was I able to help out a struggling and rebuilding town, but I also got a great reminder on remaining thankful for all that I have in my life.

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