When the Joplin tornado struck one year ago, so much was destroyed or scattered that can never be replaced. And it became up to a few creative heroes to restore some of that order.
Abi Almandinger is one of those forces.
After the tornado hit, Almandinger heard a guest call in to a local radio show and ask what she could do with a stack of found photos. Almandinger, a consultant for a scrapbooking company and a photo enthusiast, realized that this is was her way of helping Joplin rebuild its memories.
After creating a Facebook page, Joplin's Found Photos, and setting up drop-off points for others who'd found pictures, Almandinger has uncovered nearly 5,000 photos at this point, and has returned 3,000, often personally.
CNN reported yesterday on her efforts: