It has been a somber couple of days here in Italy as the death toll from the devastating earthquake in Abruzzo has risen to over 200 and the hopes of finding more survivors diminishes. The urgency of rescue, shifts to the unenviable recovery. The television has been covering the story non stop and several programs yesterday canceled and others adopted a respectful tone in light of the gravity of the situation. Those who could are staying with friends or family and many are sleeping in their cars or large tents that have been provided by the state. The seaside hotels have opened their rooms for the homeless. The suffering and shock of the change in their lives are etched in their faces and catches in their voice. The grim work carries on. Many from our region have gone down to help and more are organizing relief and aid here. There were a couple of early morning rescues today that brought some cheer to the people of this ancient city perched on a hilltop, many of whom have lost absolutely everything. Our hearts go out to all of them.
If you would like to help in anyway, Sara over at Ms Adventures in Italy, has complied a list of links to different agencies that can offer help to those affected. In spite of our prime ministers brave words that we can go it alone and take care of our own, we all know too well, that when all the camera crews go home there will still be devastated lives that will appreciate not being forgotten.
Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 or online at www.redcross.org.
We are located about 7 hours north and slept through the whole thing. We thank all of you that have asked about us and expressed your concern. We appreciate your good wishes.
We appreciate what we have and will try not to forget.