On December 26, 2015 several tornadoes cause severe damage to areas of the DFW metroplex. As Texas natives, we felt the need to lend a helping hand to the relief effort.
We collected hygiene packs with toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and a comb. There was also support from our community of Downtown Plano. Amazeballs, a bakery down the street, started a collection as well and provided us with medicines, bathroom products.
The plan was to take the donations to Fields Recreation Center in Garland (a temporary shelter for victims of the tornado), but Lacy's sister, Jessica, gave birth the night before! So while Lacy was at the hospital caring for her sister and her new nephew, I took my kiddos along to drop off the much-needed donations.
On New Year's Day, I packed up the car with the hygiene kits, clothes, food, and a few toys. My almost 8 year old son, who is a cub scout, and my two year old daughter helped me carry the donations inside. The atmosphere was somber, but the volunteers made sure that we knew the donations were appreciated. My son had the chance to help bring in the few remaining belongings that a family had, and I will make sure that experience will stay fresh in his mind so that he will develop a gratitude for what he has in this world.
Ultimately we are incredibly saddened by the loss, that has occurred in North Texas in the past few weeks, but we are glad that so many in multiple communities have come together to provide resources for those affected.