Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Devastation

Natural disasters, like tornadoes scare the hell out of me. They are so powerful, unpredictable and quick.  Those in it's path rarely have but a few minutes to react and find a safe place to hide, if they're lucky.

It always seems even more devastating when it's kids that comprise the biggest fatality numbers too.  I mean no disrespect to those adults who also perished, but the innocence of children's lives being snatched away just breaks my heart.  The question, "Why?" always seems to run through one's mind after something like this happens.  There is obviously no answer for that question and that's what makes it even more heart-wrenching.  Reading reports of children clinging to walls during the tornado or being sucked into the air was enough to create a huge deluge of tears streaming down my face.  I'm sick for the parents who are left to pick up the pieces and try to put their lives back together in the aftermath.

It's times like this that we all want to reach out and help--somehow.  And it's not always practical to just pick up and go down and volunteer.  Donating funds is always a good way to provide the much needed aid.  The American Red Cross is always on the scene to assist with natural disasters and they are a wonderful organization to receive your donations.

I also came across another great group that is quite unique in the face of disasters like this: Team Rubicon.  They unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.  They are also on the front lines down in Oklahoma today.

If donating to help is just not feasible--I'm quite certain that prayers for those who are suffering are quite acceptable too.  Take a moment and count your blessings today.  Life can change in the blink of an eye.  Don't take anything for granted.

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