We went to the Resource Fair at Riverside Elementary Gym from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesday Night. There were tables setup with people handing out supplies and signing you up for programs to assist with recovery from this disaster.
The Samaritans Purse representatives, talked with us about what they do. If you sign upwith them, they will call and schedule a team of volunteers that come in and help go through all the rubble. They only will come out while the owners are present. They wear neon orange shirts carrying ID badges with their names and pictures. Goal is to assist us in getting closure by looking for specific heirloom possessions as they help begin cleaning it up. They will ask you to try and show them where any specific possession may have been located when the structure collapsed. Pete and I signed up to have them come help us as we start cleaning up. It has a surprisingly calming effect to know that someone will be there to help with going through all the debris. We are not alone. Please consider making a call and getting some help too.
The resources were a wider range of assistance. Right as you walked in the door there were boxes of food stacked from Second Harvest, the next table had School backpacks and student supplies with a spin-the-dial for the kids.
CHAS Clinics had a table there with neon green water bottles, and informaion about what medical services they can provide. Very helpful.
SNAP had a table there with phamplets and a knowledgeable guy who was really easy to talk to. If all we were doing was repair, or weatherization we would have been willing to sign up for their programs.
The Church of Latter Day Saints had school supplies for the kids, manned by two very nice girls from here in Riverside.
It is a true blessing to be able to realize how many in our community shine the light of kindness into every day of their lives. The world is better because they are alive.