Exhibit at Joplin City Hall says “Thank you” to tornado recovery volunteers

Exhibit at Joplin City Hall says “Thank you” to tornado recovery volunteers
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An exhibit at Joplin’s City Hall is quietly saying “Thank you” to volunteers and first responders who came after the Joplin tornado.

Dozens of pieces of history are being showcased on the main floor. They include cards, pictures, and pieces of artwork from people of all ages who are living across the country. Many of these people came to Joplin to help with recovery efforts.

City officials say the exhibit can serve as a reminder to Four Staters.

“You know, some people may not realize the magnitude of outreach that we’ve had. Surely they had people stopping by and helping them, in some way. I hope that they were touched, individually, personally. But there was so much that was done. This is just one simple way to show a representation,” says Lynn Onstot, public information officer for the City of Joplin.

City officials say one of the other purposes of the exhibit is to send a message back to people.

“We want to say thanks. Again. They have been so supportive, and their prayers, their gifts, their items. They show their love through those types of things. Even Facebook messages are wonderful. Simple things, like gestures of kindness,” says Onstot.

The exhibit is slated to run for the next several weeks.