Friday, May 13, 2011

My Visit to the Tornado Disaster Area in Pleasant Grove Alabama

My son Zach and I had a chance to go into the Tornado Disaster Area last weekend to help the victims of this horrible disaster. I thought I would give an update on how it was to actually see the wreckage. Out of all of the pictures I have seen on the Internet and on the news, nothing compares to witnessing it first hand. None of the pictures even come close to doing it any kind of justice.

It had been almost a week since the storm had passed when my son and I had the chance to go out there and help these wonderful people. We pulled up to a four way stop where we were stopped by the National Guard. They had to have our names and addresses. Then wanted to see our License. ( This process was taken due to looters, so sad!). When they were done with us they waved us on through after telling us to stay out of the Utility Trucks' and Heavy Equipments way. Our next stop was a small grocery store on the left that barely survived the storm. There they had set up a distribution area for people to drop off any donations they might have, and for the victims to come and get any of the things that they might need. So we stopped here also and picked up about 5 cases of bottled water and 6 bags of ice and filled our cooler up. We couldn't serve hot dogs without some ice cold water, it was horribly hot that day.

The company that I work for had made a fairly large donation. So a co-worker and I thought it would be a good idea if we bought hot dogs, buns, & chips with that money, cooked them, and passed them out to anyone who wanted them in the disaster area. So this is what we did. My co-worker drove the truck and my son and I sat in the back talking to every sole who came close.

Everyone out there was so thankful. Not just for the food, but to have someone to tell their story too. Their stories were so sad. Me having a huge heart wanted to take everyone of them home with me. After it was all said and done we had been out there all day and were absolutely beat, but very fulfilled that we had brought some joy to so many people that day.

Here are some of the pictures I took that day (remember I am not the best photographer)

Please see the post prior to this one and learn how you can help. These people were left with nothing. So even the smallest amount means a lot to them.