Communities Coming Together

by Melissa Brunner

It's always great to see how communities band together in times of disaster.

Sunday, our 13 News team was out in full force to ensure we didn't neglect anyone who suffered damage as a result of the storms that passed through Saturday night. My assignment was to travel to Quenemo. The tornado that tore through Reading and did so much damage had set its sight on Quenemo next, and I headed out with Photog Doug to see how badly they were hit.

As we now know, Quenemo didn't see huge damage. Still, a couple sheds were destroyed, tree limbs were down and debris was strewn about the town, dangling from the trees, too. Perhaps it was feeling lucky, but everyone I met was in good spirits, even the man who owned one of the sheds that lay in ruins. Friends, neighbors and family came out to help; they yelled out friendly greetings over the fences, jokingly asking if they wanted their insulation, tree leaves, even their rafters returned. It's just what we do, one woman said - we help each other out.

Seeing the interviews and video from Reading, it's much of the same. I was told they were simply inundated with volunteers Monday, strangers wanting to lend a helping hand. One note - if you do want to help, a reminder to not just show up at the town - you need to register and get instructions by calling 211.

We lend a helping hand because we never know when we might need one ourselves. And because it's just the right thing to do.


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