We are all aware of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through parts of Alabama recently, leaving numerous people dead, and many more survivors injured and homeless.
Among those affected by those storms were thousands of people with diabetes, many who are now without the critical supplies needed to survive. Simply put they need HELP! AND FAST!
Victoria Cumbow, a fellow PWD, lives in Alabama, and has put out a call to the Diabetes Online Community for donations of supplies, and many have stepped forward to answer that call.
While I’m just one guy, living more than 500 miles away, I’ve heard that call loud and clear. And it is not going unanswered.
After returning home from work in the early hours of Thursday morning, I compiled a list of organizations in Fort Wayne to call and email to seek donations to send to Alabama. At 1:30 a.m., I was busy drafting a letter for emailing, and by 3:00 a.m., had sent off half a dozen emails.
At 9:30 a.m., I received a call from the person in charge of the diabetes management program at my insurance company stating that they had 3 boxes of supplies that I could pick up. I was just shocked.
After going to pick those up from the office, I returned home and spent time making phone calls to the diabetes education centers at all of the local hospitals. I’m waiting to hear back from them, and I’m hopeful that they will step up to the plate and help the cause.
So far, with just a handful of emails and phone calls, I’ve secured 15 meters, 8 lancing devices, and a bunch of logbooks. I’ve also been contacted by a friend on facebook who is going to be sending me 3 boxes of Omnipods to send down there. Those items and everything else that I’m expecting to receive in the coming days will go a long with in helping the good people of Alabama get back on their feet.
I feel both very proud and blessed to be able to help in this effort to the extent that I can, and I encourage everyone who is able to make donations to do so.
Rest assured Alabama, we are with you. And help is most definitely on the way.