A is for Arlington, and Oso and Darrington, my home town and community, small populations, where we know each other or know we have friends in common. I never thought we'd make headlines, national news, international news...but we have.
It's been ten days since the first sirens echoed through town, signalling something bad had happened. The Oso Mudslide that wiped out a neighborhood and a mile of State Route 530 has devastated us. The number of missing shocked us, and as the days have passed with no signs of life, the loss of hope has dragged us down, but it hasn't stopped us.
We are a community of helpers, of volunteers, of givers, of sharers. If the shirt we are wearing is needed, we gladly hand it to our neighbor. Sadly, we are now proving this very thing.
People all over the country have donated, have rushed supplies to us, and every single gift, every single prayer, is much needed and so much more appreciated. Thank you isn't enough, but it is heartfelt, and deeply meant.
Donations accepted at United Way of Snohomish County and Cascade Valley Hospital Disaster Fund.