Dating sites to meet firefighters
We've seen the pictures on the news or maybe even lived the scenes ourselves: A natural disaster strikes and suddenly people who only minutes ago were living their normal lives are left with just the clothes on their backs, and a feeling of despair.
But sometimes all it takes is one person to give us the help we need to make it through— like these four extraordinary women. Six months earlier, in the middle of the night on November 6, 2005, a tornado had struck her town, taking the lives of her 2-year-old son, C. The three had been having a sleepover at her grandmother-in-law's mobile home.
When her editor, Dave Ellis, saw the photo of the couple, he suggested they go back and restore damaged photos for even more people."It's great to be able to give people some of their history back," says Rebecca."One person told me that thanks to us, her grandmother got to see her photos again before she passed away.(Luckily, the fire didn't spread.) All told, she served 1,100 meals—at no charge.
Steve Sheppard, battalion chief for the Julian Fire Department, says Christy provided much more than comfort food that week: "To have someone stay behind and say, 'I'm here for you guys'—that means a lot."To send a donation to support families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at Fire Saving Memories Rebecca Sell, Fredericksburg, Virginia Three months after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Rebecca Sell, then 24, a photojournalist for Fredericksburg, Virginia's Free Lance-Star who was on assignment covering the disaster, captured a distraught New Orleans couple sifting through waterlogged photo albums.
But less than 24 hours after fleeing to safety, Christy Connell, 46, co-owner of the Julian Bakery and Cafe, raced back home.