Photo of the Day

The above photo [AP Photo/Birmingham News, Jeff Roberts] is taken from The Atlantic's collection of photos, which can be viewed here, documenting the aftermath of the tornadoes that have been devastating the US south and midwest: "Powerful storms swept through the South and Midwest regions of the United States over the past several days, bringing with them heavy rainfall, flooding, hailstorms, lightning, and hundreds of devastating tornadoes. As of this morning, the death toll from the storm system has nearly reached 200—at least 128 of those in hard-hit Alabama. Neighborhoods have been flattened, thousands are without power across the region, and efforts to aid the trapped or injured continue in regions where many roads have become impassable. As residents work to recover what they can, they are preparing for yet another storm system predicted to pass through starting Saturday."

We have had terrible storming here all week, but fortunately have not had any tornadoes touch down (yet).

My thoughts are with Shakers who live and/or have loved ones in the affected areas. It seems coarse to wish that you and your loved ones are all okay, when we know that there are people who are not okay, but there it is. I am hoping you are among the people who are physically unhurt, and you have my profound compassion and sympathy for the hurt you are all certainly feeling.

The American Red Cross is providing temporary shelters and other support to the thousands of people who have been left homeless by the storms. They are in need of donations, which can be made via their website, via phone at 1.800.RED.CROSS, or via text: Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Also: There will be so many pets and livestock in need of help, shelter, medical aid, food, and protection in the wake of such devastating storms. Please consider making a donation to a southern/midwestern chapter of the Humane Society, ASPCA, or other rescue organization. If you live in the area, they will also be desperate for foster homes for rescued animals, so please consider volunteering if you can.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to leave other ideas for teaspooning opportunities in comments.

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