Prayers, donations, volunteers needed in tornadoes’ wake

We’ll return to regular programming shortly. For now, I urge everyone to say a prayer for the thousands and thousands of people in Georgia and elsewhere who lost their homes, their businesses, much of their towns and in some cases their loved ones in the terrible storms yesterday and last night.

If you’re looking for a place to start helping, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency has a clearinghouse for donations as well as links to other states’ portals and private charity/volunteer websites.

The photos from Ringgold and Rome, from Bartow County, from Griffin, from Madison, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and elsewhere across the South are heart-breaking.

If you escaped unscathed, please be thankful — and willing to lend a hand to those who didn’t.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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13 comments Add your comment

carlosgvv

April 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

If God really exists then He must have chosen to do nothing when all this destruction was happening. So, what makes you think saying a prayer will do any good?

godless heathen

April 28th, 2011
12:52 pm

Yessir. And if I could just take this opportunity to ask a favor of men who lost property to the storm. Before you go out there and get in front of the press photographer or you give an interview to the TV station, please, oh please, put your shirt on, and preferably something more than a white wife-beater t-shirt.

Metro Coach

April 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

heathen- what if they don’t have a shirt to put on? Their clothes might be 3 counties away for all they know.

carlos- if you don’t believe that’sd fine, but why attack people who do? Seems to go against that whole “tolerance” thing atheists like to preach. Pun intended.

that's goofy

April 28th, 2011
1:52 pm

feeling fortunate the worst of the storms missed us. Thoughts and prayers are with those that were hit.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 28th, 2011
2:10 pm

Their clothes might be 3 counties away for all they know.

Several years back there was a pretty bad tornado here. A local business was leveled and fortunately no one was at the business, although the storm did cause several fatalities. The cash register, from the business, was found over 50 miles away in North Carolina.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were hit by these storms. There but for the Grace of God, go I.

carlosgvv

April 28th, 2011
2:28 pm

Metro Coach – I asked a sensible logical question and you responded with knee-jerk true believer dogma, just as I knew you would. And, I am not an atheist, I am an agnostic.

Hillbilly Deluxe – So you think God decided to give you grace but decided not to give any to those storm victims. Do you have any idea how self-serving and arrogant that makes you sound?

godless heathen

April 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

How come the wimen-folk aren’t out there half naked?

Rae

April 28th, 2011
3:06 pm

If there is a God he sure most of done something bad to piss off Mother Nature.

ByteMe

April 28th, 2011
3:21 pm

If you haven’t done anything yet, the Red Cross is always there for disaster victims, but they need your help.

Tech Man

April 28th, 2011
3:28 pm

Metro Coach
April 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

Yep that new era of civility. Obama asked us to “sharpen our instincts for empathy.”

Linda

April 28th, 2011
3:39 pm

The world is a wicked & dangerous place to live. We suffer personal & private tragedies & great global catastrophies. Christians believe that the only perfect place is Heaven. Life is no more than a test.
The main reason for prayer is to thank God, not to ask for favors. The second reason for prayer is to pray for each other. We trust God to know what is best.
Weather caused destruction yesterday. It is part of the natural cycle of our planet. It was here before we were. The sun rises & sets & the rain pours down on all of us, whether we have been good or bad.
After a personal tradegy in my family, I remember telling my mother that had this not happened, we might not have ever known how so many people loved us so much in so many ways.
Just like God creates rainbows at the end of a storm, this will be a great opportunity for us to show acts of kindness to those who have suffered.

Tech Man

April 28th, 2011
4:16 pm

Linda
April 28th, 2011
3:39 pm

Thank you!

Linda

April 28th, 2011
4:26 pm

Tech Man@4:16, You’re welcome. Go Dawgs!