Tuesday, September 6, 2011

When it all seems so small (Bastrop Fires)

The Bastrop Texans know (photo credit:  kempix; wunderground.com)
The Bastrop the rest of the world knows (photo credit:  CenTexPhotoGal; wunderground.com)
Moments like these make those small troubling times throughout your day seem so insignificant.  Six hundred homes destroyed, 5,000 residents displaced from homes, 30,000 (yes! thirty-thousand) acres burning, and 0% of the fire contained.  Zero...zip...zilch.  That means by the time you read this, more homes and land will be destroyed.

My uncle had a beautiful property in Bastrop and sold it three years ago.  It was a wonderful property with a small thicket behind the house, a trail encircling the outskirts of the land and a small pond down the hill from their home.  We would gather there for Thanksgiving and I was so sad to hear they had sold it.  Now I am doubly sad to know it is gone.  According to the devastation map, it is smack dab in the middle of it.

I will be gathering up the Baking Tot's old clothes and toys and will be donating them to the victims.  If you would like to donate something, anything, please link here to the American Red Cross of Central Texas.  If you are in the Austin area, here is a list of donations centers and drop offs.

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