Abby Simons, Yr 17 and 18 ERT Member, created a fundraiser among her friends and family to jumpstart this initiative. Through Joining Hands in the Heartland, the first large appliance was purchased for a family affected by the Joplin Tornado.
"I started this fundraiser for Joplin, for the people the Tornado affected, and for the impacts that it has had on my life. Over a year ago, I was deployed to Joplin hours after the storm hit. Without looking back I jumped into what would become the most powerful 77 days of my young life. I feel extremely connected to Joplin and wanted to continue my response efforts there. I know that I was able to accomplish a lot while I was in Joplin, but most that work was behind the scenes coordinating and managing volunteers. This was a way that I could directly impact at least one family affected by that Tornado. I'm so thankful to everyone that has joined me to adopt this family." - Abby Simons, Yr 17 and 18 ERT
The Appliance will be picked up by the AmeriCorps St. Louis Joplin Recovery Team in Joplin and delivered to her adopted family that has been working with the Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee case management.
In Missouri alone, thousands of families have recently been affected by disaster. It’s time to help our state rebuild, recover, and begin anew. This gives individuals and groups an opportunity to join hands in the heartland and give those affected by disasters a lasting gift. With your help, we can make sure these families will have the appliances they need to make their house a home again. Register now to adopt your own family affected by disaster!