So much has happened in our world in the past few days that today feels like the day after. There were the ups and downs of nations caught up in a romantic wedding, of parts of our nation caught up in storms and tornadoes and death. Hearing grown men talking with tears in their voices kept it hard for me to rejoice in the glamour of a wedding. I loved hearing how Twitter is changing how people react in disasters, allowing them to mobilize and lend assistance when and where needed. Twitter got books out of schools before rains came and destroyed them.
We hear so much about the destruction in Alabama, why don’t we ever hear much about Mississippi? They’ve been affected by every major disaster since Katrina. They were hit by the oil spill and as spring rains flood northern rivers, they’ll be really flooding the lower Mississippi.
I haven’t heard anything about ways to help the Magnolia State, but I will post when I do. In the meantime, I have these two sources to get assistance to AL.
Books for Bama is a drive sponsored by Belser-Parton Literacy Center to replace books and school supplies. Books for Bama is your opportunity to help these devastated children with reclaiming a sense of normalcy in their day-to-day lives. Earphoria has details on local events, Facebook will link you to an Amazon account for donations.
The School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama has created this web resource for individuals wanting to contribute to the recovery after the tornado.
For now, I’ve got several book reviews to write, and an ever growing pile of books to read. Thank goodness for books, they can be such a necessary diversion!