Monday, June 9, 2014

Gina, Amanda and Michelle | Cleveland OH USA | Donations | Don't Forget ! ~~~Nancy

In today's Cleveland Plain Dealer, there is an article about the surprise and gratitude expressed by the three women, Michelle, Amanda and Gina who were rescued (in Cleveland, Ohio) in early May, from the home where they were held captive for 10, 9 and 8 years, respectively. The article stated that, "Cleveland is known as a generous city" which I know to be true. I've live in the city of Cleveland my entire life (outside of a three year period that I spent in the city of Euclid.) I know what I have seen through the years, the big hearts of the people of my city. In our country when our citizens are in need the people come through. Currently, the tornado victims in Oklahoma need support; we helped with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the flooding in New Jersey, and New York. As a nation, we don't let these people down. In our city, Cleveland, we don't let our people down. The article said that the three women, the survivors of that atrocity, expressed their surprise at the outpouring of gifts of money, donations of goods, and services. There are no words I can use to express the feelings I have for what happened to these three women... and their families. In the days and the weeks since their discovery, it has been a process - to process the whole thing. The torment they endured, the torture their family's had to live with for such a long time. At times, in the morning, or when sitting and my mind will wander, I think of .. 10 years, 9 years, 8 years. I can't even fathom one year of that. One month of that. It really frightened me to think of what one day might have been. So, now, to give some money to help them recover, what of that? How can someone not want to help in some way?