Monday, January 23, 2012

I can't believe it happened again.

Early this morning, parts of Alabama (along with Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee) were devastated by tornadoes....again.

I mean, it's not even been nine months since the horrific April 27th tornado outbreak that did millions (billions?) of dollars in damage, injured thousands, and killed hundreds of poor souls.  Many people have barely even started rebuilding their lives....and it happened again.

When I went to bed last night, I never imagined I would be waking up to James Spann's (meteorologist extraordinaire) voice telling viewers to "TAKE COVER!" and hear the words "Dangerous storms"...especially this soon after April 27th, 2011.

But it was happening....again.
Fortunately, we were spared...again...and didn't receive any significant damage.  But many, many others, were not so lucky last night. 

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all the families who were affected by these horrific storms!

The one good thing that did come out of those April 2th storms was the HUGE outpouring of support that rallied together immediately after they hit.  In most cases, if there was a need, it was met within the hour.  It has been said that when FEMA finally arrived, they were blown away by the amount of assistance (food, shelter, money, donations, clean-up) that had been provided strictly by volunteers.  They had never seen anything like it!  But those of us that live here see this kind of support every single day.

Photo from here

Now that this devastation has happened again, the volunteering is going to continue!  The Christian Service Mission, an organization that has been crucial to Alabama's recovery, has set up this fantastic page to help make donating to the recovery effort very easy for everyone!

They have agreed to donate $25.00 to the Christian Service Mission for every blog post written by someone who was directly or indirectly impacted by the 2011 and/or 2012 tornadoes. You don't even have to live in Alabama!  All you have to do is write the post (go here for instructions), then comment on their page and let them know about your post. Their goal is to donate $1,000 by March 1!

Come on bloggers!  We can do this!  

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