Valdosta Daily Times

May 22, 2013

Tornado: An aftermath of help


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Seeing the massive path of destruction left in the wake of tornadoes in Oklahoma Monday was a sobering reminder of the power of spring storms. Whether you live in an area plagued by tornadoes, hurricanes, or any number of other natural disasters, the threat is real but often taken for granted. And the devastation wreaked on buildings is visible. The devastation wreaked on individuals is often not.

Those who live through these storms count themselves fortunate, but they are faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of rebuilding their lives. They’ve lost homes, cars, workplaces, schools, churches, shopping centers and more. Many escaped Monday’s storms with just the clothes on their backs. Their homes were leveled and their belongings scattered for miles.

As with any disaster, many are clamoring to help. Several area organizations and businesses are planning clothing drives and fund-raisers to help the victims in Oklahoma. Many want to help but are unsure how.

The best way to help the storm victims is also easy to do: visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to donate. Or you can just text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. All donations will help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by the storm.

Already, the Red Cross has deployed emergency vehicles with food and medical supplies, and more help is on the way to the state. There are volunteers and personnel trained to offer assistance during these times.

Let the professionals do their jobs to help those who need it quickly. What the Red Cross needs now is the financial assistance to sustain individuals during what will certainly be a long and rough recovery period.