Story written by Ginny Parrish-Loy, American Red Cross Volunteer
When the family of 10-year-old Trenton, 3-year-old Kaiden, and 2-year old Brooklin were preparing dinner Wednesday evening, they saw tornado warnings on their television. When the storm got closer, they gathered the family and ran next door to their grandmother’s house. They looked up and saw a funnel cloud coming towards them and a barn being destroyed across the field. The horrified family ran inside and huddled together in a closet. Trenton said he was terrified and that all he could do was scream. His younger brother, Kaiden, looked at him and said, “It’s going to be okay.” And it was, for them.
Across the street, the elderly couple who lived there was not so lucky. They both lost their lives that night when the tornado slammed into their home. Sadly, there was also another fatality down the street from Trenton’s home.
While telling his story, 10-year-old Trenton said, “The house across the street is now missing and they are gone.” Trenton’s grandmother says the children will need counseling to help them get through this disaster. Red Cross mental health volunteers will be there to meet Trenton’s needs and those of all who were affected by this disaster.
Since the night the tornado touched down, the Red Cross has had an Emergency Response Vehicle on the scene providing meals, snacks and drinks to affected residents and over 70 first-responders. In addition, the Red Cross has been conducting damage assessment, client case work and is distributing clean up kits and hygiene kits throughout the neighborhood.
Young Kaiden could not have said it better, “It’s going to be okay.” And they will be okay, with the help of family, friends, community and the American Red Cross.
You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a financial donation, click here or call (803) 329-6575. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter at 200 Piedmont Blvd Rock Hill, SC 29732 .
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