As you are all aware, there have been deadly tornadoes that went through Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri. Two of the states, Alabama and Missouri, suffered huge losses and deaths from last years tornadoes and to be hit again is heartbreaking.
When I heard of the tornado and destruction in Branson, MO my first thought was for Nanda S. as her family had rebuilt a new home there after having theirs destroyed in Joplin, MO last year. Her photos were the first to be restored and they were a rush order as we had a free lancer from California that wanted to do a story for the OWN (so far it is on hold) network. I sent her an email to see if she was OK and then when I didn't hear from her, I called her cell---no answer. After a day I really got worried and did a search of my emails to see if I had another contact number, I did and it was her mother. I called and got her and she said Nanda was in the basement and I thought they were in another storm. She was in the basement, but not because of any storm.
Nanda was so happy to hear from me and she wanted all of you to know how much your help means to others and how great that you have this kind of talent to give. She also wanted to get out the word that when you take shelter make sure you have shoes with good soles. When the tornado in Joplin hit they were in their stocking feet. They managed to find some shoes, but her husband had about 7 nails go through his soles and all of them had to go to the hospital for tetanus shots. Now they live in a house that has a basement and also the bathroom is a saferoom where spare shoes are kept. Not only were their nails everywhere, but also glass.
The tornado that ripped through Joplin brough back memories of Joplin and was emotionally hard on her. The worst part is that the tornado of last week came within a mile of their new home. It took out their Wal Mart and grocery store. I can't even imagine the stress of going though that again.
I told Nanda of our copy run to Hummelstown, but told her to let any of her neighbors that needed their photos done that it would be OK to scan as long as it was at 300 dpi and all the bells and whistles on the scanner was turned off. I will be getting more contact information off to her.
With all that has happened, I wish we could do more. I know that with one large copy run coming up in April we will have our hands full. We are limited on doing another copy run anytime soon, but if anyone is able to get photos to us on their own---We will always help.