A few days after the tornado, I drove up to Joplin and witnessed the carnage firsthand.
I remember pulling over on the side of the road and just looked around at the rubble that once was the city of Joplin. Entire neighborhoods had been leveled, the hospital was destroyed, and so many lives were lost.
But the Joplin community remained resilient.
I began to help a family with several others clean up their property while trying to search for anything salvageable in the debris.