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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don't need to have a blog to donate baked goods, or to bid on pastry...it is open to everyone!