Joplin, Missouri Commemorative Ornament
To honor the 162 lives lost in the EF-5 tornado that practically destroyed Joplin, Missouri in May, 2011, a commemorative ornament will be available October 10, 2011. The cost of the ornament is $15 plus tax and approximately $5 shipping. A portion of the money raised will buy artificial trees for those that lost their trees in the tornado. They hope to raise enough money to buy trees for 50 families.
In addition, donors may make a donation of $145 to purchase a tree for a family who lost their tree. The trees will be given to the families in the order nominated and you may include your nomination when purchasing the tree online. You don’t need to explain why you are nominating them, just provide the family information. A family who was particularly devastated by the tornado would be a good candidate for nomination.
The website to order the ornament, tree, or make a nomination is http://raisinghopeforjoplin.com.
Some interesting facts can be found in the article, Christmas Tree Facts and Figures.