In the light of day, Wednesday night’s horrific weather proved more daunting than first suspected, with about a dozen tornadoes slamming the area. People lost everything — houses wiped off of slabs, vehicles blown to smithereens, irreplaceable belongings gone forever and friends/family members injured and in some cases killed.
But these folks didn’t lose their neighboring communities. That’s where you come in.
You’ve been hit so many times before, so you know the drill if you were not one of the victims. Donations make a difference. Money is best, but you know that. Materials help, but they’ve got to be the needed stuff, not gift cards for manicures. And finally, if you’ve got the time, volunteer.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Great! What stuff is needed? And where the heck do you volunteer?” Great questions, and the answers are best found at Carter Bloodcare, Red Cross, The Salvation Army, humane society groups and area churches.
These are our neighbors, who exemplify the words, “innocent victims.” There was absolutely nothing they could do to prevent their losses. But we, each of us, can do something to help them recover.