Due to the Covid 19 virus, most of us have been in lockdown for months, only traveling for groceries or other absolute necessities.
Last Wednesday a tornado wreaked havoc upon our town, knocking down trees that had stood for hundreds of years, and taking down power, internet and phone lines.
I wanted to share some amazing moments, of love, generosity, and fellowship, I have witnessed over the last week:
Because most people were without power, one neighbor created a makeshift charging station in his front yard, complete with a table, folding chairs, and extension cords, along with an invitation to anyone in the community to charge their phones or laptops.
Without refrigeration, food shopping has become a daily chore. As you might imagine, ice can be hard to find in such a widespread blackout, but one man, who lives in a nearby town, delivered ice bags to several neighbors.
The high winds tore down a section of fencing across the street. A neighbor went right over to help the homeowner repair it in no time. Tree trimming companies are completely overwhelmed. While we wait, my next-door neighbor has been working in my yard for the last two evenings, clearing debris and uncovering plants buried under branches, pine needles and bark. He is the “Energizer Bunny” of gardening and restoration would not be possible without him.
People with propane gas grills cooked extra food for those in need.
Electrical contractors from all over the country, as well as Canada, have shown up to restore power. These storm chasers travel wherever and whenever they are needed, restoring power to millions of customers.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way to restore our lives: family, friends & neighbors, employees at grocery stores, gas stations, tree trimming companies, electrical, phone and cable companies, truck drivers, delivery services, essential workers, first responders, and good Samaritans everywhere.
We may not get the opportunity to say thank you in person, but we will remember you in our hearts!
Thank you so much!