God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

Posted earlier today by annathema667, and I wanted to spread the word...take a minute and read, wouldja? I'd appreciate it.

Hi, everyone…

I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to read this. As you
have read, I have been personally affected by the tornadoes that whipped across Tennessee. They destroyed my mother’s and sister’s hometown, Newbern. I lived in Newbern for only a short time, long enough to graduate from Dyer County, and I return frequently to visit my family and friends.

As of this morning, the death toll of my family’s friends has risen to
eight. The deaths do not tell the whole story: the homes of countless
other friends and neighbors have been wiped away by the storms. Nearly all of them are now without jobs.

I’m not writing this to discuss the tragedy. It is horrible in a way
which needs no words. I’m writing because this community – the community of my family – needs help. People have lost homes that have been in their families for generations. People have lost pets, friends, family members. People have lost everything, including the clothes on their backs.

I know that many of you are like me, and do not have much money to
spare. I’m not asking for money you can’t afford. I’m not even asking you for much of your time.

I also know that every single one of you has $5 and five minutes of
time. With those five minutes, I ask you to go to your closets and pull out the jeans, t-shirts, old sneakers and boots, and whatever other utilitarian clothes you have that you never wear. I’d like you to go to your cupboards and pull out whatever canned foods you have that are gathering dust. Clean off the cans, wash those old clothes, and then I’d like you to take that $5 to ship those items to these families in need.

Sizes do not matter – the disaster struck for people of all sizes and
All walks of life. Any letters, cards, well-wishes you would like to
include, I’m sure would be greatly appreciated as well.

If you live in or near Los Angeles and do not have the money to ship,
But you would like to contribute, please contact me at paxismad@yahoo.com. I will do my best to help you out. All I ask is that you give me your items washed and boxed. I will be doing two main shipments, one on April 10th, with the deadline of the 9th, and again on the 19th, with a deadline of the 18th.

Please send your aid items to this address:

Reelfoot Rural Ministry
2923 Minnick Elbridge Rd.
Obion, TN 38240

(731) 538-9970

You may also call upon the local chapter of Red Cross here:

American Red Cross
Dyer County Chapter
P.O. Box 508
Dyersburg, TN 38024
E-mail: redcross@cableone.net
Phone: 731-286-4740
Fax: 731-286-0189

Or even locate your own local area chapter here:

I very much appreciate all you have done or will do, but more
importantly, words cannot express the gratitude my neighbors and friends will feel.

Thank you for your time. Thank you for your help.

Most sincerely,

TC Smith
Anything that comes down the pike helps.

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