UAE Helps Joplin

The largest tornado in the U.S. in more than 60 years damaged 30% of Joplin, Missouri on May 22. 160 people were killed.

As the rebuilding continues in Joplin, school is scheduled to begin next week. The High School and two other schools were destroyed in the tornado. Half of all Joplin school buildings were damaged.

Support has been coming in from around the world. The largest single donation comes from the United Arab Emirates. They are offering $500,000 for laptop computers for students. Insurance is helping, but the total price tag for student computers is $2.7 million. UAE is also offering to "match" additional donations up to $500,000.

While the loss of life can never be "fixed", it is a triumph of the human spirit to see neighbors, from everywhere, help in the recovery effort. It's what we do, here, in the American midwest. It's also what good and decent people do, no matter where they live.

On behalf of the 50,000 people of Joplin, to the UAE and all contributors, we at the blog say THANK YOU!

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