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Deadly Tornado in Central Florida — Be The Change In Someones Life — Donate To The Red Cross

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 2, 2007

Lizzie
picture by © oldpp

BE THE CHANGE IN SOMEONES LIFE — DONATE TO THE RED CROSS

Less than twenty-four hours ago, I was sitting at this computer, and working on a post for my blog, when that annoying sound came over the television. You know the one, the….this is a test of the emergency broadcast system. However, this time it wasn’t a test, it was a voice notifying the people of my county that a tornado was being tracked, and we should go to the safest area of our house. I quickly through some pillows and blankets into my closet (in the middle of the house, the safest place we have), woke my kids, got our cat and our puppy, and huddled in the closet, off and on for the next two hours. At 2:30am, the local news was saying that the threat was over, but we all ended up sleeping in the same bedroom just in case. It turned out, shortly after we went to sleep, more tornado warnings were issued, and a deadly tornado came true Central Florida. I began getting concerned phone calls from family and friends at about 9:30am, that was when I first learned how bad the tornadoes had been, and how close we had come to losing our home and possibly our lives.

When you live in FL (even for just a year, as I have), you learn all about the chances of hurricanes, how to prepare, and what to do. But, nothing can prepare you for the type of threat that has little to no warning, such as a tornado. In Florida, we do not have any “siren” type warnings, only the local news, and most of us don’t have our televisions on at 3am.

As you all probably already know by now, this tornado has killed at least 19 people, and has devastated several counties in Central Florida. I feel blessed that myself and my family were spared, given how close this tornado came to us, so many were not as lucky, it is so sad, and so heart breaking. SEE PHOTO GALLERY

I’m not writing this post tonight to tell you my story, but to ask for your help. To let all of you out there in “cyber” world know what has happened, and ask that you donate to the RED CROSS. You can make a secure on-line donation at the RED CROSS website, every little bit helps. Don’t donate more than you can afford, but do donate. So many people need your help, there are so many sad stories.

I would also ask, that you be a messenger for the RED CROSS and for the people devastated by this tornado, by sending the RED CROSS link to your friends and family, and letting them know how easy it is to make an on-line donation. If you are on a forum tonight or tomorrow, leave the link, and ask people to pass it on to their friends and family. Help this message spread, and help this link spread, if we do this, we can make a difference.

Well, that’s all I have for tonight. Thank you for your help, your compassion, and your humanity.

QUOTES OF KINDNESS, QUOTES OF HUMANITY

REDCROSS.ORG

RED CROSS — DONATE BY PHONE — 1-800-435-7669

Below is a comment from the artist of the picture in this post.

HI Catherine! Thanks for your visit, too. I enjoyed seeing the pic of Lizzie in your blog. The painting was done a year before we lost that home to a tornado. As for donations to the Red Cross… we did get some help from the Red Cross, but had quite a few problems actually receiving the help. We had much better luck when donations were made to the local churches for the tornado victims. (We were homeless for three months.) Liz, who is now 16 years old, will be thrilled to know a painting of her is on your blog. The painting survived the tornado but the frame was ripped off it. Very little survived the tornado… but we were very lucky because my four children and our dog and I were safe. Thanks again!

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7 Responses to “Deadly Tornado in Central Florida — Be The Change In Someones Life — Donate To The Red Cross”

  1. kendrik2 said

    Heart of Florida United Way. Call 211 to ask for help or offer help, including monetary and food donations as well as volunteering your time. For United Way in Lake County, call 352-223-2173 or 352-409-1860.

    Contributions to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund can be made at any SunTrust Bank location or can be mailed to United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, 320 West Oak Terrace Drive, Suite 106, Leesburg, FL 34748.

    Catholic Charities: Accepts donations and food: 407-658-1818

    Salvation Army: Send checks or money orders: P.O. Box 564, DeLand, FL 32721. In Lake County: 352-365-2540

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: Accepts food donations: 407-295-1066

    VOLUSIA COUNTY

    Heart of Florida United Way. Call 211 to ask for help or offer help, including monetary and food donations as well as volunteering your time. For volunteer center in Volusia County, call 386-253-0563.

    Those wishing to donate money to the Salvation Army for relief efforts may send checks or money orders to P.O. Box 564, DeLand, FL 32721. For donations and volunteers in Volusia County, call 386-236-2020.

    Contributions to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund can be made at any SunTrust Bank location.

    Catholic Charities: Accepts donations and food: 407-658-1818

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: Accepts food donations: 407-295-1066

    OTHER COUNTIES

    Catholic Charities. The organization accepts donations and is stockpiling food. Call 407-658-1818.

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, for food donations, call 407-295-1066.

    The Orlando Magic will collect and then match donations made at its games Friday and Saturday night. In addition, 100 percent of proceeds from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation in-game auction tonight (west end of concourse, section 117 and 118) will go to the American Red Cross to benefit storm victims.

    Contributions to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund can be made at any SunTrust Bank location.

  2. “Kendrik2” — Thank you for your comment, and the additional numbers for donations. I would just like to point out, that the RED CROSS will put donations toward any specific disaster. All anyone needs to do is specify it be used for the Central Florida Tornado.

    I am suggesting the RED CROSS because they just got done spending a couple hundren thousand dollars in Daytona, for the tornado that hit on Christmas…..even though they only raised $40,000. So, the RED CROSS uses more than just what is raised for specific disasters, and they are a good organization to donate to.

  3. For more information about what the RED CROSS is doing in FL, please see:
    http://www.redcross.org/article/0,1072,0_312_6154,00.html

  4. kendrik2 said

    I guess what I wrote sounded a little negative towards the Red Cross. I didn’t mean for it to be that way. Thanks for the post about the tornados.

  5. “Kendrik2” — I figured that wasn’t what you meant to do. I think all the charities are great. I just picked the RED CROSS because of all the help they gave Daytona, when even our federal government turned their back on them.

  6. This is a comment from the artist of the picture in this post.

    HI Catherine! Thanks for your visit, too. I enjoyed seeing the pic of Lizzie in your blog. The painting was done a year before we lost that home to a tornado. As for donations to the Red Cross… we did get some help from the Red Cross, but had quite a few problems actually receiving the help. We had much better luck when donations were made to the local churches for the tornado victims. (We were homeless for three months.) Liz, who is now 16 years old, will be thrilled to know a painting of her is on your blog. The painting survived the tornado but the frame was ripped off it. Very little survived the tornado… but we were very lucky because my four children and our dog and I were safe. Thanks again!

    said of oldpp oldpp

  7. Andy said

    Oh, and did not know about it. Thanks for the information …

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