So, there really isn't a category for this, but Henryville is my hometown and I just wanted to let everyone know that the devastation there is unbelievable. My family was extremely blessed. I just posted pictures in a new hub of the tornado right by our house. We live on the outskirts of Henryville and saw it getting bigger and bigger as it worked its way past us. My crazy husband took the pictures and has video, but we haven't gotten it uploaded yet.
We could tell it was headed for the downtown area and we knew that many kids were still on buses as our daughter, a senior at the school, drives and barely made it home before the tornado hit.
I just want to ask that if you are a praying person that you pray for the town and its residents. The community is very close-knit and the kids are all worried about their school. The seniors are concerned they won't get to graduate together and so many other worries. However, in the midst of that, they are also very thankful to not have lost a single student or staff member. Everyone is alive thanks to some quick thinking by bus drivers and school administration and just being prepared.
I have had so many people ask me how they can help...
If you want to donate, it is probably best to send money, but be careful where you send it. There are tons of supplies rolling in, but people have medical bills or have completely lost homes and everything they have to their names. The Red Cross and some churches in the area are the best sources. The churches I personally know and believe will get whatever you send to those who need it include:
Vienna Baptist in Underwood (the pastor is our neighbor and friend)
First Baptist Henryville (have heard good things about the pastor)
Henryville Community Church (good people and right next to the school)
Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany(our church and they have a team that goes all over the country and helps in situations like this. They are just waiting for the word that they can get in there)
Saint Francis Catholic Church in Henryville
Country Lake Christian Retreat, which is ran through the Southeast Christian Church out of Louisville has opened their doors to offer food and shelter to anyone who needs it.
I'm sure there are many other churches helping. These are the ones that I either know personally or know someone who goes there and I know the money will get to the people. Also, Mount Moriah Church in Henryville has been completely devastated and are going to need help to rebuild. I saw the pastor's daughter this afternoon and she was only wanting to get the word out about where people could get help and that they have supplies in their basement they are trying to get to and give to people. That tells you a lot about the heart of that church and why they need help as well.
Thanks to all who have contacted me on Facebook or via e-mail to check on me and my family or my town. We are fine. We are blessed. The town will be rebuilt. Hoosiers are strong people. I can't believe the people helping from all around the country. It is truly amazing to me what a loving and wonderful country this is and how we all take care of each other. It really puts things into perspective. Hug your family close. Make up if you've had a quarrel. You never know when the next breath is your last.
Lori, the news of the disaster made headlines and the coverage showed such great loss to people. I think it is much too early to hear of tornado activity but we never know when these things will strike. I lived in the midwest most of my life and this was a common expectation in spring. I did experience a couple of twisters and know the damage they can cause.
I will keep your family and the community in prayer for a quick recovery. I am sure the families who lost loved ones have the support of a loving community to help them through this healing period. You show great strength and courage that will help many to get through this tragedy.
Although it is a sad event, I will look forward to your hub posting on this. Take care and may God be with each of you.
We get NBC Today here in Australia. I saw the destruction this morning on what was probably Sunday US time's bulletin.
Please know that there are millions of people here whose thoughts, love, and prayers are with the people who were hit by the tornados across the US.
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I'm sorry to see that the tornadoes have struck so close for you and others you know. I've been watching the forums here to see if anyone mentioned the storms, because I couldn't imagine that with all the areas that have been hit there hasn't been some people on here who either live in/near those areas or have family or friends there. Of course, people who have been hit too badly aren't going to be able to be on here.
Thoughts going out to you and your community. I wish there was something more to say. I know when tornadoes came through Massachusetts last year, my disabled cousin and her wheelchair-bound husband watched a bad one from their window, where their city took the brunt of the worst of it. I couldn't contact her for a few days, and I know how nervous I was just about that one relative; so I can't imagine how it must be to be thinking about, worried about, watching the losses of, a number of people (not to mention living in the area yourself). Thank goodness your daughter is OK.
Stay safe and know that so, so, many people's thoughts have been with all those in the affected areas. Maybe check in just to let us know how things are going for you.
I pray so I will be praying for everyone there. The devastation was horrendous and has been reported all over our news stations. It is nice to hear that you and your family were safe and sound. God will be there for everyone in Henryville. Keep us updated.
Thanks, everyone. Lisa, I have lived in Indiana for 42 years. Tornadoes are nothing. However, this was not a normal Indiana tornado. It was like something out of Twister. I have never seen a tornado that big or ferocious. I think they get them like that in maybe Kansas or Oklahoma sometimes. I hope I never see another one like it.
I will keep everyone posted as we hear more news. I know there are many hurting and who have lost everything but their lives.
Wow! I can't believe this made the Australian news. Thanks for the prayers.
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