On June 1st , 2011 Wilbraham, MA. was hit by two tornadoes. At this time, the biggest thing is the needed help for the clean up effort ie: fresh volunteers to help the folks in Wilbraham. It means a lot to them! Not to mention that someone out there cares! The Twister Sister Towns project between Concord and Wilbraham is gaining momentum thanks to the many efforts of Concordians.
Water bottles, clothing, and toiletry donations were super the first 2 weeks, but now the residents are facing major expenses. They are working on rebuilding what's left of their homes. For example: most insurance companies are only giving each homeowner $500 per home for all tree work. One resident's yard just got grazed by this tornado; and is looking at a $6,000 quote just to remove broken trees, branches, and some trees still standing that are terribly damaged and dangerous. The destruction of so many trees has become one of the biggest expenses in the tornado relief program.
As we all understand; dealing with the damage is going to take several stages, and right
now we're focusing on the following: JOIN in: HELP OUT on Saturday, JULY 2.
We are still looking for some high school student to come along & video it for the CCHS community...to be broadcast over CCTV (double community credits promised by the principal)... and adults who have chain saws & want to come along & help! We've got a sampling of the whole community coming...Families from the school community... the religious community... adult Concordians... students...
Richie Bus Lines has donated a bus to take Concordians to and from Wilbraham on Saturday. Contact info: Peter Badalamant (principal of CCHS) ASAP: Pbadalament@colonial.net
All financial donations -- every dollar -- is welcome! Checks can be made out to Wilbraham Tornado Victim Relief Fund and sent to Monson Savings Bank, 146 Main Street, Monson, MA 01057.