Montgomery County Tornado Assistance Center Command Post by bernicrumb

Montgomery County Tornado Assistance Center Command Post

Our church building has been taken over by the county to be an assistance center for the victims of the tornados that hit on the night of Memorial Day.

We lost a dozen trees from the church property, but the building came through with only a few ruffled shingles. Unfortunately, the low-income housing areas in the neighborhood across the road and down the street did not fare so well. Over the first three days the center was open, they helped over 140 families do the paperwork needed to find temporary housing, get new birth certificates, sign up for debris removal, and receive services from almost 2 dozen providers and charities. They arrive as emotionally devastated as their homes were by the tornadoes. They leave with at least a bit of hope in their hearts, and their arms filled with documents, blankets for their kids, and the prospect of clean clothes and a hot meal when they take the shuttle bus to the other locations that have been set up to help them.

My best memory from volunteering that day was watching a 3 year old little girl accompanied by her grandma receive a bag with a stuffed toy, coloring books, crayons and healthy snacks. We had run out of donated blankets that day and she was sad until she saw a purple t-shirt on the table and asked "Kin I have t-shirt?" We were happy to say "yes" and the look on her face when she hugged it to herself like a security blanket will stay with me a long time.
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