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...