November 17th 2013 will be memorable to many people for many different reasons. For me it was the weather and storms that were part of that day. Not living far from where the tornado’s hit and having debris from the damaged homes fall into our yard; I was clearly shaken.
Watching the news and starting to see the reports of the utter devastation, I wanted to help in some way. I gathered items from home, purchased a few cleaning supplies and then asked here at work if there was anything I could take to Washington, IL. SchoolKidz generously gave me boxes full of items that many families would appreciate.
So we took a ride that weekend to deliver the supplies. I have never seen what a tornado could do and I was in awe of the power of Mother Nature. To see the damage on TV is one thing, to experience it is quite another. I was not prepared for the emotions that would hit me. Homes were just gone, not damaged, gone. There were volunteers searching the surrounding fields for personal belongings. We saw numerous piles of debris and personal items that they had collected.
The experience was humbling, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. The outpouring of volunteers, items donated and the organization efforts were amazing. Given the chance I would do it all again and then some. I can only hope my small part was appreciated in some way, and I’m sure it was.
Thank you again SchoolKidz for your generosity in the items you gave me to take.