Here we go again.
I’m sure you’ve seen the news, but just in case you haven’t, Southern Indiana was devastated by a tornado outbreak this afternoon. Luckily, the storms stayed out of Bloomington (this time) but my hometown of Pekin, Indiana was not so lucky. My whole family is fine, but the very strong tornado plowed a path directly by my parents’ house. Luckily, they have a very well-built house, so the damage is minimal, but the rest of my beloved small hometown is a different story. Their neighbors’ houses are destroyed. And, as I write this post, the death toll is three, which in a town of 1400, is devastating.
We’re heading down in the morning to help my parents and all of our friends and neighbors that so desperately need it. I’m trying to brace myself for seeing the town I lived in for my entire childhood flattened, but I’m not sure that’s possible.
I’m not sure when I’ll be back to posting, but I do hope that you guys will help out if you can. You can text “HOOSIER” to 80888 to automatically donate $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Southern Indiana.
If you can’t spare the money, at least please send your good thoughts, vibes, and prayers to the people in Southern Indiana. Pekin, Marysville and Henryville, Indiana are three communities that are incredibly tight-knit and have a long road ahead of them. I know it sounds hippie-dippie, but I truly believe that every positive thought that goes into the universe helps.
Hug your loved ones, please.