In the hours and days immediately following a tragedy, people crave new information, the media reports on every new detail and the event is the topic of conversation across Region 8. But, what happens when the shock wears off and life moves on for those who aren't directly impacted?
That can be the hardest part of any tragedy.
April 27th, tornadoes hit Vilonia and Mayflower Arkansas killing 15 people and devastating hundreds of homes and businesses. Now, more than two weeks later, families are still mourning the loss of their loved ones and homes are piles of rubble.
On May 3rd, a tragic shooting in Jonesboro made national news. A gunmen shot six people, killing 3 including a 12-year-old child. Some of the survivors, including a young child, are in Memphis hospitals fighting for their lives. Again, a family mourns the death of their loved ones and is left hoping and praying for the healing of the wounded.
Their tragedies live on. So what can we do now that time has passed? We can show compassion by donating.
The best way to help the victims of Arkansas tornadoes is to give to the American Red Cross Disaster relief fund at www.redcross.org.
To help the victims of the shooting, go by Walmart of Parker Road Friday or Sunday where a donation drop is set up.
Now, money may not ease such terrible pain, but it will at least show them that we still care, and that will make this A Better Region 8.