Paying it forward

I remember it like it was yesterday, it is one of those things I will probably never forget. I’m talking about the day almost 6 years ago that my life was turned upside down. The day water from broken levees gushed into the city I loved and took everything I own and changed her / me / us forever. I remember the heart break, I remember the pain, I remember the sense of loss , the shock, and the slew of emotions that came with learning that the house you loved, the things you loved, the memories where no longer there. They were gone with one swipe from mother nature and her fury.

I also remember the kindness of strangers. People we didn’t know that just wanted to help. They bought us clothes and beds and toys and TV’s and gave us money to help us rebuild our lives on small step at a time and we did. I can never repay those strangers, I can never thank them enough for lifting us up in our time of need. The only thing I can do is pay it forward.

This week the South has had the worse tornado outbreak in years. 300 people have died so far, 1000′s are injured and I just read that 571 people in Tuscaloosa, Alabama are missing. And those that did survive are living in a war zone, without the basic necessities of life. They are also doing what I had to do in 2005, the are picking up the pieces of their lives and trying to move on, one step at the time, which is the only way one can do this.

So I’m asking you my readers to help them, because one day it could be you that needs help putting you life back together after a tragic loss.

I’m going to be going through the children’s clothing this weekend, I’m hoping to find a charity that I can send them to that will distribute them among those that need them, I know one person maybe driving to the area this coming week that will take them. So if you know anyone or any place that needs children’s clothing, blankets etc. Please contact me!

Some other ways you can help:

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

Tornado Relief in Alabama : How you can help

Alabama Tornado Community Network FB page

Pictures and Documents Found after the Tornadoes FB Page

Resources, Shelters, Donation Sites and Volunteer Information

These are just a few of the resources to get information out there for people to help. So please even if you only give $1, please help the kind people of Alabama and Mississippi the same way people helped us here in New Orleans on August 29,2005.We can’t pay back the help we received that day and afterwards, but we can always pay it forward.