Jewish Journal

The JDRC arrives Alabama

by Elie Lowenfeld, Jewish Disaster Response Corps

May 2, 2011 | 10:00 pm

Pleasant Grove, Alabama, devastation all around.

This morning we went to Pleasant Grove, Alabama, a town outside of Birmingham that was devastated by the recent tornadoes.

There are no words to describe what we saw.

As far as we could see in every direction there was devastation and destruction.  Houses destroyed, trees down, everything just gone.

In times like these we all want to do what we can to help, but right now volunteers like us need to be patient, which is hard. This is a time for the experts to be working.

There will be time to help soon—plenty of it, actually, because Alabama and the Southeastern states will need our help for the long term.  This disaster will not be cleaned up in a day a week or even a month. The communities of Alabama will need our help for many months, and maybe even years.

Which is why we will try to remember the feeling we are having today, and hope that it will help us to plan for the time when we can help the people who have been affected by this disaster on their long and difficult journey to rebuilding their homes and their lives.

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