Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A trip down Union Street

Today, several local radio stations here conducted fund raisers at Big Y Supermarkets for tornado relief.  All the money stays here in the Pioneer Valley to help folks who lost E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

Up until yesterday, displaced West Springfield families were being housed at the Middle School.  Students ate cold lunches in their classrooms for a few days and that seems like a small thing considering... 

There isn't much we can do to help our neighbors, so Libby and I set off for the Memorial Ave. Big Y, to make a donation to the Pioneer Valley Red Cross.  In order to get there, we had to travel down Union Street which took a major hit from the tornado!      

Having watched news coverage and read newspapers, did not prepare us for what we saw on Union Street this afternoon.  I knew it'd been hit badly, but being there amidst the rubble was heartwrenching!  Honestly, to see 3 story apartment buildings as huge lumber piles stunned me. 

The lack of trees, broken windows, shingleless roofs, and house/apartment wreckage overwhelmed the senses.  1 week ago, I brought Bailey to her groomer on Union Street, 1 week ago!  The few trees left behind look as though the branches were attacked by some huge weed wacker. 

The power of a tornado is shockingly overwhelming.
I am glad we went down to make a donation, it doesn't feel like much.

But the grocery stores are matching all donations up to $50,000, so I guess we doubled the donation!  Onwards, to rebuilding and helping however we can.

Thanks for stopping by.

Be well friends...

1 comment:

  1. Wow Donna, I can't even imagine. One sees the pictures and video, but that can't even compare to what you see in person. It must be very surreal. In the Joplin tornado coverage there was one video clip that has really stuck with me for some reason. A report was showing the landscape where there was nothing but trees that looked like sticks. When he got up to one of the trees you could see that it was completely bare, the tornado had stripped every piece of bark off the tree. How can that happen? It's inconceivable to me. It still haunts me as a symbol to me of the power of a tornado.

    Be safe and happy. :-)


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