Today in Phoenix, the weather was predicted to be mid-90's and by the weekend, we may see 100 degrees - which is very unusual temps for us as we roll into almost June! But, as much as I am enjoying the lingering days of cooler weather, I can't help but feel guilty for my neighbor's in Joplin, MO, Dallas, TX and those towns hit throughout Ohio by the tornado this week. Beyond the heartbreak for the sheer loss, it is hard to wrap my mind around such devastation caused by a storm.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families, some of which are Realtor associates I know, clients and family members of clients I have worked with over the years. It is times like these, when our community involvement means the most to help support each other. I am proud to be a part of an industry which has already put into action the National Realtors Relief Foundation to raise money to help the families who have lost so much.

I know many of us have our financial burdens and personal struggles, however, if you are interested in contributing to relief efforts, here are a few places you can go to:

1.) Convoy of Hope: you can donate online, or you can text 50555 (keep in mind additional text fees may apply).

2.) Red Cross: you can donate online to specific regional chapters. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation. Red Cross Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter can be found online at

3.) Salvation Army: is looking for non-perishable food donations at their Springfield, MO location (1707 W Chestnut Expressway).

4.) Habitat for Humanity: is collecting water, blankets, toiletry items, food, batteries, medical supplies. The drop off location for Joplin Relief is at 2410 S Scenic Ave. You can also help by donating online at

5.) Ozarks Food Harvest: the local food banks are in desperate need of donations. Non-perishable items like canned goods, snacks, crackers, granola bars, ready-to-eat foods. Other thimgs are needed as well, like diapers, personal hygiene items.