Hello everyone! I've missed you all! But once again, I am to blame for not "initiating" and opening the lines of communication. However, I have a good reason....
You may have heard on the news a few weeks ago, that many, many Georgia families had become victims of flooding due to several days of continued rain fall. It still continues to baffle all of us Georgians, as a couple years ago, we had just the opposite as an issue. We hadn't had rain in several months and were in a drought. In fact, we weren't even allowed to water our lawns or wash our cars, in an effort to conserve water. The major lakes here, such as Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona and many more, were WAY below level.
Well, due to the most recent rain fall, Georgia being in a major drought is a distant memory. NOW...there's too much water! So much so that several lakes, roads, businesses, homes and schools were flooded.
Fortunately, our home had no problems with flooding. However, our backyard did get a little swampy. But again, our home was never threatened by the overflow of waters. There were many roads not too far from us that, due to all the constant raining and standing water, were compromised and in turn, collapsed and/or became sinkholes.
Several counties, including ours, closed schools early. Some, in fact, stayed closed for a couple of days.
As I mentioned, several schools were flooded...some worse than others. But the worse by far, was a school not too far from where we live. Clarkdale Elementary was the hardest hit in our county. Take a look at this picture of the school sign...
Can you imagine your school being under water like this? There were homes in this area that suffered the same or similar fate. In the news interviews, you could just see how devastating this was to so many families. There were about 400+ children at this school. All of which had to be moved to other schools. Kindergarten - 2nd grade went to one school. And 3rd - 5th grade went to another. This meant that some children would be separated from their siblings. EVERYTHING was lost in this school. Several families also lost everything. The normal, everyday things that are needed for school were lost.
The school where Jayla goes, along with other schools in our county came together and had a school supply and clothes drive for the flood victims of Clarkdale Elementary. The response was OVERWHELMING! And I mean that in a really good way :-).
Considering that these days, times are kinda hard for everyone, it was amazing how people rose above their own needs to extend a helping hand by way of donations.
Jayla loves "sharing" the clothes that she has outgrown with other people. So it was a very easy decision for her to give up some of her things. She was so excited that her clothes would be given to another little girl who now had nothing.
Last week I received an email from a friend whose daughters go to school with Jayla. She mentioned that all the clothes that had been donated now needed to be sorted and made available to the flood victims. So last Friday, she and I met at another local elementary school and started sorting all of the items that had been donated by people in and around our county.
You guys, there were TONS of bags and boxes of donated items in this one little room. Here is a picture from mid-way through our first day of sorting.
The above picture doesn't even show HALF of what we received and had to sort. See all the book bags on that back wall? ALL of those are packed full of school supplies. The blue bins are what we are sorting the clothes in.