I live in Cartersville, GA one of the areas hit by tornadoes on April 27th. We were very lucky because our neighborhood did not have any damage, but it appears that a tornado touched down about a mile down the road from us. I think that same tornado is the one that took out an entire neighborhood, including the home of a sister of a someone I know. All that was left of her home was the closet she was hiding in.
One of my coworkers lost his house near Ringgold, GA to a tornado earlier that evening. His house was lifted up and dropped back down several feet. Thankfully, he and his family were not home at the time, they were driving back home and saw the tornado leaving their neighborhood.
Another friend who lives in Cedartown spent the evening in her bathtub with the storms causing destruction all around her. After the storms they found that her street was not damaged a quarter mile in either direction had power lines down, trees sheered off and some houses destroyed.
Ringgold, GA was hit very hard, and several of my coworkers live there. My favorite quilt shop was in Ringgold. Sew Bee It was completely destroyed.
Ray Steele helps clean up Sew Bee It, a quilt shop located off of Alabama Highway, Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Ringgold, Ga. While the building was destroyed, two glass vases sat on a shelf unharmed.
These are just the people I know who were affected by the storms. There are thousands more over many states, especially Tuscaloosa, AL. Many organizations are taking donations of supplies, or volunteers to help the victims star the clean up. If you are local please consider volunteering with these organizations. Items that are needed are personal hygiene items, clothes, and food. Relief workers and families trying to clean up their homes also need sunscreen, hats and visors.
In Cartersville check out the Cartersville Cares Facebook Page.
I have also found several pages devoted to lost and found animals in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Help the Animal Victims of the Tornado Devastated South
If you are not local please consider donating to the American Red Cross.
I know quilters are very generous people. We just need to know how best to help.
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