As anyone who doesn't live under a rock should know by now, Alabama was hit with one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history. On April 27, 2011 more than 60 tornadoes ravaged Alabama and surrounding states with many dead and billions in damage.
Stories have been shared in the media, by friends and family and all of this has left a permanent stain on our collective consciousness. Lars Anderson has a brilliant article in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, and we are so thankful and blessed that this tragedy is still getting publicity. If not for the extended mentions, the world would move on sooner than later, as those impacted try their best to live through the ongoing tragedy.
For those who live in Alabama, I implore you to go to one of the sites where the tornadoes hit. Take ONE DAY from your daily routine and go help out. Even if it's just to move limbs or sort donated clothes, you will make a difference and get to see firsthand what pictures and video fail to provide: the full extent of the destruction and those who were impacted by it.
I applaud RBR, Toomer's for Tuscaloosa and the many other sites, funds and support groups who are pitching in. I also wish to give thanks to the many SEC rivals, Penn State fans and anyone else who donated, provided thoughts and prayers or just helped in whatever way you could.
As many have already stated, this isn't something that's going to go away anytime soon. This is going to last a lifetime and change the impacted areas and many peoples' lives forever.
Thanks again for all who have pitched in, spread the word and have supported the rebuilding effort.