Help for Springfield

Damage from a tornado that struck downtown Springfield, Mass. - photo by the Assocatied Press

As most people are probably aware, a series of tornadoes tore through western Massachusetts yesterday.  Particularly damaging was a tornado that struck downtown Springfield, a city whose library bears a striking resemblance to Manchester’s City Library.

The tornados rolled through the dense Connecticut River city, which has been enjoying a recent resurgence somewhat similar to Manchester’s, on the same day the New York Times reported on how and why federal policy usually overlooks urban issues and needs.  Cities need greater support from all levels, even in relatively rural and suburban states like New Hampshire, not only but especially in times of crisis and emergency.

At the moment, Springfield needs the help of all those who can afford to offer it, not only for all those suffering, injured and left homeless by yesterday’s violent storm, but to help a once-struggling city rebuild.  If you can, please donate to the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter or other organizations offering assistance to our neighbors in the Springfield area.

Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter at 506 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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