Tuscaloosa, AL and many other locations throughout the southeast were pummeled by tornadoes this past week. Words cannot express how horrible the situation is for so many. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed, & that just scratches the surface. With many recent events such as the earthquake/tsunami in Japan and hurricanes yearly, none have struck me this hard.
No, I don’t live in Alabama currently but I did call it home for 5 wonderful years. My undergraduate life existed in Tuscaloosa and my heart has never left. I still get the same amazing feeling every time I step foot on campus as I did the very first time. Many friends still live in the area and throughout the state, most dealt with some aspect of this horrific storm. Thankfully, all my friends and family survived. Having said that, someone that attended the University during my duration lost his daughter to this storm. She was a student at the University. One of many who now will watch over us.
Facebook, Twitter, news channels, & blogs are recounting the events amazingly with pictures & videos. Many will bring a tear to your eye. I just watched one that was set to Kenny Chesney/Dave Matthews duet “I’m Alive”. If you see this, be prepared to cry. The devastation shown and the sentiment of the song WILL overwhelm your heart. What is amazing, is the support that is seen throughout the states. Many organizations, volunteers, strangers, companions & rival schools are uniting to help bring normalcy back to those who’ve lost it all. This may leave you asking, “How can I help?”. Good question! The most obvious answer is to donate to the Red Cross either via text (REDCROSS to 90999, this is $10) or via their website Redcross. The best place to go is here – Donate Here – this is a comprehensive list of ways to help.
Being that I’m in Texas, I can’t get over there to volunteer which saddens me. I wanted to do something and decided to combine Alabama’s school spirit with helping a great cause. Check out my new shop where 100% of the proceeds will go to help the people in Tuscaloosa – We Are Alabama
One last thought, tell your friends and family how much they mean to you, that you love them and cherish them. As Garth Brooks once sang “If tomorrow never comes…….”