By GEORGE LINDSEY
Your Voice Contributor
â€œI was 9 years old, and everything was gone. My world had literally spun out of control. I was walked into a classroom and a school that I didnâ€™t know. My friends had been split up and sent to schools all over town. I slid into a desk with nothing, not a pencil, not a note book, no crayons … I felt so alone.â€
Thatâ€™s not a child from the recent March 2 tornadoes, but my wife who lived through the 1974 tornadoes here in Louisville.
For a child, your world, your being is all wrapped up in your backpack. Is it a Hello Kitty bag? Or perhaps you have an X-Men pack. Whatever is on the outside, the contents inside are the most important. The pencil pouch, glue stick, Fiskar scissors and folders â€“ god forbid you forget your folders.
Now, imagine being that child and everything in that backpack, everything inside your desk is gone. Thatâ€™s what some kids from Southern Indiana and Eastern Kentucky are dealing with today.
We all want to help. We all want our neighbors to know we care and are there for them. We have so many wonderful organizations, including The Voice-Tribune, handling clothing, food, housing â€“ things that MUST be addressed first. But as we fielded call after call on The Lambert & Lindsey Radio Show, we heard from parents describing how the kids of the destroyed Henryville School complex lost everything. So, then and there we decided the little ones would be our big focus, and 102.3 The Max started â€œCrayons for Hope.â€
Itâ€™s simple to help. We are collecting school supplies for children and teachers. You can bring crayons, pencils, notebooks, folders, and backpacks, to any of the nine Louisville-area Panera Bread locations. We have a semi-trailer from M&M Cartage that we are using to store and transport to the affected areas. For all the details about drop-off times and to get the suggested list of items, go to www.themaxfm.com â€“ keyword: HOPE.
Wonâ€™t you help us FILL THAT TRUCK?
George Lindsey is a much loved radio deejay whose voice can be heard on 102.3 The Max â€“ and beyond.