JOPLIN, MO.--- The National Disaster Photo Rescue is lending a hand to tornado victims in Washington, Illinois. The organization is using social media to help out, they created a Facebook page to serve as a gathering spot for people who want instructions on how to clean, organize, and return photos found after the Washington tornado. Leaders with the National Disaster Photo Rescue say this is a scenario that is repeated over and over, and they want to share their knowledge with the Washington community
National Disaster Photo Rescue has returned about 17, 524 photos.
"When you touch people at that level and you're able to return something to them that they, first of all, thought was completely gone. Second of all, it may be the only possession they have left, you have changed their life," said Thad Beeler, National Disaster Photo Rescue Director.
Now the organization is reaching out to help people affected by the tornado in Washington, Illinois.
"We realized how much difficulty that we went through here and we feel for them there, and what we wanted to do is just offer them what we know," said Beeler.
They've created a Facebook page as a landing site for all of them to come together to claim lost photos.
"Now that we've got a little experience with the process, hopefully we'll be able to say something that will speed their process along," said Donna Turner, Reunification Coordinator.
Beeler says they want to help Washington with this process.
"We'll try to help them in their community as they bring volunteers together to have the process to be able to number these things and get them back successfully to their owners," said Beeler.
They know a trip to Washington is in their near future.
"The plans will be based on the need, but I would say that we will make a trip there," said Beeler.
Like the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
"In their worst times, we can offer them some hope and help some more families there," said Beeler.
The Facebook page is under the name "Lost Photos of Washington, Illinois." You can help out by encouraging others to like and share the page to spread the word about it. In addition to helping with lost photos in Joplin and now in Illinois, they also helped in the wake of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
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