Disaster Relief

Posted on May 11th, 2011 in Be The Difference

After this past weekend, I have to share with you what I hope will encourage each of you to give back to those in need. The recent tornadoes that ripped through the Chattanooga & North Georgia area hit really close to home – literally!

My family’s home was only 2 1/2 miles from where the closest one hit and the devastation it left is just unbelievable. My cousin and her family were among those in Ringgold, GA who found themselves in the eye of the unthinkable. Fortunately, they made it out alive and we have so much to be thankful for.

Others were not so fortunate. That’s where I found myself this past weekend – trying to make a difference in a crazy and horrific situation.

My family and countless others were out in the disaster zone trying to do what we could to bring some hope to those who lost everything. Ms. Allison, a devoted community volunteer spent the day with us as we went from house to house. We installed storage buildings, set-up canopies for shade, provided water and cold drinks

to those out working in the heat and sun and delivered meals to those who needed them. 

I can’t even really start to tell you what it is like to look at someones home that looks like a bomb exploded in it,

What's left of a house

or to see a family’s only vehicle crushed under a tree.

It’s unreal! It was not a movie! It is in my “backyard!”

A shell

But, what I saw in spite of all this were people – like you and me – who were giving of their time and efforts to get these people back on their feet.

Hundreds of volunteers were on “Jo-Jo’s” property!

Volunteer cars lined up

It was like watching ants building a home. Out of the mangled metal, wires, trees and anything else you can imagine, were neat piles of each of these things. The cut trees and broken lumber, from what used to be a home, was being burned to clear the place.

We dropped off drinks and a shade canopy and headed on to the next place. But, not before my dad and I talked for a bit with some of the volunteers. They were from Calhoun, GA, other states and from right here in my own community.

The one thing that will forever be a part of me, because of my time out in the disaster zone, is that I can “Be the Difference!” If we all do our small part it will have a BIG impact!


This Sunday you can BE THE DIFFERENCE. Bring something from the list of needed items to the Disaster Relief Collection Drive. Here is the information:


Sunday, May 15


Collection location next to the Collegedale Credit Union on the campus of Southern Adventist University

Look for the Large Truck & Signs

Donate any of the following items:

Heavy work gloves, tools, nails, roofing nails, hammers, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, sunscreen, full size personal care items, paper towels, wipes, toilet tissue, diapers, formula, nonperishable food items, school supplies, older teen backpacks and packaged undergarments.

All donated items will go to the Samaritan Center located in Ooltewah, TN. They service all of our affected areas and have been active in the disaster relief efforts from the beginning.


Together we can make a BIG IMPACT! I look forward to seeing you there!




One Comment to “Disaster Relief”

  1. Avatar May 12th, 2011 at 5:25 pm Emily Says:

    I think this is amazing that you are helping all of those in need! You are exactly right :If we all do our small part it will have a big impact!


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