UNBELIEVABLE is the only word I can think of to say in regard to the tragic drownings of 6 teens Tuesday just blocks from my house in the Red River here in Shreveport, Louisiana. Having just gone through the shooting death of my youngest son Jake, I can only speculate on the pain of losing three children at once. Six kids, two families. Each family lost threee children at once. To help offset some of the expenses the Shreveport Federal Credit Union has set up 2 accounts to help the families and they are matching the donations dollar for dollar.
I am printing some of the article in today's paper in case anyone wishes to give something to help.
(exerpt from The Times; Shreveport, LA. 08/04/2010)
"We are opening each account with $1,500 and will match all donations, dollar for dollar," Shreveport Federal Credit Union President/CEO Helen Godfrey-Smith said in a news release from the city of Shreveport.
Three brothers — Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15 and LaDarius Stewart, 17 — along with siblings — Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14 and JaTavious Warner, 17 — were wading in the river when they stepped over a dropoff.
"We want the Warner and Stewart families to know that they are not alone in their time of need," Godfrey-Smith said.
The routing number for Shreveport Federal Credit Union is 311175860.
n Community Support for the Warner Family: #76969000
n Community Support for the Stewart Family: #76970007
"The outpouring of care and compassion for these grieving families is indicative of the great human spirit of not only this city, but the entire country," Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover said in the release. "We have received calls from as far away as Florida, California, Georgia and Illinois, asking for a way to assist the families. I commend Mrs. Godfrey-Smith and her staff, and I am truly grateful for this act of compassion that will never be forgotten."
My son Buddy leaves this morning to go back home to Mobile and I will miss him so much but he has a family and needs to get back. He and I went to Jakes grave yesterday and did a little cleaning up and put out new flowers. I took some pictures and will write about it later this week.
Wow what a hot, hot summer. Please stay cool and hydrated. My hubby has to work much of the day in this scorching and dangerous heat. Love you all! mizmollye and punkin too.