Friday, June 3, 2011

Western Mass: Thoughts, Prayers....Pastry?

Although a lot of you reading my blog associate me with Boston or Hartford, I am actually a child of Western Massachusetts and the little town of Ludlow. On Wednesday June 1st the communities surrounding my hometown were hit by a massive storm, and a rare thing for these parts....A tornado.

I was at work when I learned of the storm, and watched the tornado rip through downtown Springfield via a streaming feed on my coworkers computer. On the right side of the screen, the office building that my father works in, below, Rafe's office.

Immediately hit with the grim reality that someone I love and care about could be hurt or even killed by a storm of this severity, I frantically sent off emails and made phone calls. I got hold of my father first, who was off work for the day and safely inside the clubhouse at the Ludlow Country Club (I have never been so grateful for Dad's golf addiction). I heard from Rafe soon after. He had seen the storm from his office, but was safe.

I feel so blessed that none of my immediate family or friends have been hurt/displaced, but I am so humbled by the power of nature. It could have hurt someone I love so easily....that I feel its my responsibility to do something positive.

I have already made a personal donation to the Pioneer Valley Red Cross, but keep hearing stories of people in need. I want to help more. As you can see in the right sidebar - I am a blogger for Foodbuzz - which means that they pay me based on my visits and page views.

I am pledging my Foodbuzz income for the month of June to the Red Cross of Central and Western Massachusetts for the Tornado Victims....This means that the more people who visit my blog, the more money for the Tornado victims. So click, refresh, come back tomorrow.
Visit from your home, office, or library, because its all for charity this month.

Western Mass is where I grew up, and home to some of the most hard working, real, and kind people I've ever met...They are in my prayers.

In addition, if I can drum up enough interest, I'd like to host a blog bake sale on Monday June 13th with all proceeds going to tornado victims....If you are interested in donating baked goods for the sale please email me at

You don't need to have a blog to donate baked goods, or to bid on is open to everyone!


  1. I thought of your family right away. Being a UMASS girl, it all hit home, as I watched the NECN weather man make live updates and telling people to take cover. It was far away from Boston, but honestly, I was terrified. It is always sad when these things happen 1,000's of miles away, but they seem so much more real when they are this close to home. The devastation is awful, and I am with you on donating my Foodbuzz funds. I am glad your family is okay!
    I will help promote the bake sale, but I doubt anyone would want my artisan baked goods :) xo

  2. I am so glad your dad and rafe are okay and I am extremely saddened by this devastation so close to home. I love that you have donated and are pledging your foodbuzz earnings. good on ya. xo

  3. so sad, you are wonderful though. lemme kjnow what i can do to help promote..

  4. This is Wendy from the American Red Cross (headquarters). Thank you for your post and for your generosity!

  5. Happy to help, linked your entry up to my blog. I'm still finding it so hard to wrap my head around the devastation.

  6. I am so glad that your family is safe but so sad for the tornado victims. I'm not sure I'll have time to bake (I'm still at work now as we speak) but I'd love to bid!

  7. thank goodness your loved ones are ok - I am continually strained by the recent devastation in America while I am so far away. I wish I could help with your cause but I wish you the best!

  8. I know I already commented on this post but just an FYI, my note with a link to your blog will be going up in tomorrows post. I've been meaning to do it all week but had scheduled posts and forgot to edit them! Be on the look out for a blurb tomorrow. xo

  9. I was so relieved to hear that your family is safe. I saw this on the news while I was in Aruba and my thoughts were definitely with you.

  10. I'm so glad your family is all ok - I grew up in Western Mass too and spoke to my brother on the day of the tornado when he was hiding in our basement trying to stay safe. I will absolutely be back tomorrow... and the day after... and the day after that. Over and over! And will encourage my readers to do the same.