Living mi vida insular in Costa Rica, I'm not always up on American current events. So when I received the email below from Preston Lacy with the attached image, well, it was abso-f'ing-lutely shocking as I had no clue a monster tornado had touched down and tore through his hometown of Joplin, Missouri, on the evening of Sunday, May 22nd. No doubt, Mother Nature really can be an uncompromisingly heavy-handed bitch at times; fortunately these are also the times when humans live up to the full potential of their humanity by pulling out all the stops to aid their fellow man regardless of race, color or creed. So please read below and see what you can do to help today:
This is a photo I took four blocks from my house in Joplin.
This is devastation on an unimaginable scale. It looks like a nuclear bomb went off in the middle of town. The footprint is six miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide.
I'm frazzled, depressed and running on fumes. I need ya—hell, there's 50,000 people in Joplin that need you. It's bad here. Really bad. There are hundreds dead and still hundreds missing. My house and family are okay, but I've lost some good friends.
If you could text JOPLIN to 80888, 10 dollars* will go to help the thousands of people now struggling to survive.
* The 10-dollar charge will show up on your cell phone bill.
(Photo by Preston Lacy; Joplin, Missouri 2011)