Watching the devastation on the news is hard....living it and not knowing what tomorrow brings is harder. We all want to do something to help...to make it easier...to bring some sunshine into what are very dreary days with uncertain futures.
We see this country responding EVERYWHERE....and if you truly put your wallet where your heart is...there are many, many ways you can help.
While there may be a temptation to jump in a car...truck, etc. and put your energy into helping people...time and again right now the answer to that is...PLEASE DO NOT. Unless you are trained in disaster relief...you are a first responder...your military background trained you for this kind of experience, you are jeapordizing your own life as well as getting in the way of others who DO know what to do and how to do it. It is part of the "knowing what you don't know" school....this time with life threatening results.
There are many organizations and first responders being called from other states who are well trained and doing an exceptional job of rescuing people, offering comfort and saving lives every day. Here is a list of some of the ways/places that you can participate in to whatever level you can. Just click here.
If you can donate blood...that doesn't cost you anything...but it could be life saving for someone else.
There are grocery store chains across the country that are sending truck loads of supplies...you can shop from one of their lists or just think about the things you can donate that we see as very basic....but are so much in demand in this area right now. From baby food and diapers and children's snacks to dish soap, shampoo, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal.....you know what food drives need and whatever non perishable items you can donate are so appreciated.
This is a public service post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams Realty.