(LAS VEGAS, Nev.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today offered his condolences and support to the people of Joplin, Mo., and other parts of the Midwest affected by the historic May 22 tornadoes that have killed, at last report, at least 89 people in Joplin and at least one in Minneapolis.
“Just like the storms associated with last month’s tornado outbreak across the South, the Joplin storm appears to be one of tragically historic proportions,” Mayor Gray, who is attending the International Council of Shopping Centers annual convention in Las Vegas, said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of that city as well as Minneapolis and other places affected by yesterday’s tornadoes. Residents of the District of Columbia with loved ones and roots in the affected region also are in my thoughts.
“I particularly want to extend my condolences and offer any support the District can provide to Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and the leaders of other communities and states affected by these storms. As with last month’s tornado outbreak, the residents of the District of Columbia stand ready to help in any way we can in response to this disaster.
“I also encourage District residents to give generously of their volunteer hours and funds to disaster-relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross, which are now mobilizing teams to bring relief to the victims of these storms. District government employees can also make a one-time donation or periodic payroll deduction to relief charities that may be contributing to the recovery effort through our own DC One Fund (www.dconefund.org).”