Early yesterday morning, Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee counties were hit with a massive tornado system that leveled over a hundred buildings and caused significant damage to dozens more. The death toll is up to 24, and a number of residents are still missing. Winds reached 165 miles per hour.
We would like to thank all the readers who reached out to check on us. We are grateful to God for our safety and that our home did not suffer any damage. We do not personally know anyone who lost their lives or sustained significant damage to their homes, but we have friends of friends whose loved ones are among those who perished. Truly heartbreaking.
It always bothers me to hear of other cities and countries that experience tragic storms, but it’s an entirely different feeling when it’s your community. When you recognize the obliterated houses and businesses that are being shown on national TV, it brings out a lot of emotions.
Mr. Handsome and I are eager to help the relief efforts, but we also want to avoid hindering the work of the homeowners and business owners or those associated with organized cleanup and rescue groups. While my heart wanted to hop in the car with water bottles and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, my head decided that wasn’t the best course of action. So we decided to purchase a trunk full of supplies at Walmart and drop it off at a local charity that is accepting donations for the shelters set up across town. We hope to do more later this week.