So, the first event for Operation B-4 was a huge success. The people of Onslow County came together to raise money for those affected by the April 16th tornadoes. There are no totals yet on just how much was raised, but I'm thinking it is a pretty good number. Reimann Books was there with a panel of authors (including me). We had a lot of fun enjoying the live entertainment (including Rob and Cindi West of which I'm both fan and friend), eating the delicious barbeque (served by the Swamp Loggers of Discovery Channel fame), and being part of such a worthy cause.
A lot of people volunteered time, money, energy, and so much more to this cause. I was proud to be a part of it. It really felt like we were making a difference. This whole year has been filled with disasters of massive proportions across the globe. I have felt helpless as I watched so many lives being destroyed on the news. To be a part of something that turns so much negativity into something positive is inspiring! I know that it was a success, but I'm sure that more money will be needed. Operation B-4 is not done! This is to be an on-going disaster relief for Onslow County, North Carolina. When there are future events, I will be sure to post them. Here are some links to some news stories and photos of the cause and the event!
These are the stories. This is why we're helping. Get your tissues!
This is the Jacksonville Daily News Article about the event.
Also from jdnews: A picture of my step-daughter (and co-author of "The Ruby Mountains" eating pizza at Operation B-4
These are the pictures posted on the Reimann Books facebook page.
Thanks you all who showed your support. My prayers remain with these people who have to rebuild their lives and in some cases carry on without loved ones.