Posted December 12, 2018
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This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, company president. The December First tornado that hit Taylorville and Christian County is the most devasating weather event that's hit the county in decades. The relief and recovery efforts, which began literally minutes after the tornado hit, have been in overdrive and will likely go on for weeks and possibly months.
Many lost their homes, their belongings, everything. Our hearts continue to go out to those who are putting their lives back together, and we again want to remind you that you are NOT alone. People both in our community, and countless volunteers that have come from outside the Taylorville community, CARE about you, and we'll be here to continue to provide you the help you need for weeks and months to come.
The Taylorville community cannot say "thank you" enough, to the hundreds of volunteers from both our local area, and outside the area, that are working on debris cleanup and providing relief to those impacted by the tornado. From cleaning up yards to providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and much more, these volunteers continue to be an important part of the healing process.
And, we also can't say enough, about those involved in emergency management, search and rescue, and law enforcement efforts during and after the tornado outbreak in Christian County. The organization they put into a coordinated response, was nothing short of remarkable.
Finally, a special THANK YOU to 2 groups of people: The volunteers involved with the Taylorville Food Pantry, and those involved with the Missions for Taylorville tornado relief. Both of these organizations have stepped up to the plate to provide for people's immediate needs, as well as Missions for Taylorville being the organization that will be involved in helping people repair their homes that were damaged.
Make no mistake about it: The road to recovery will be slow and painful. But, the resiliency that the people of Taylorville have shown since December First, has been shown to both those in the community, and volunteers from outside Christian County. I personally have received lots of feedback from out of town volunteers saying that Taylorville is a great community because they've seen people pull together during this disaster.
As I've been saying on the air since the tornado hit, and will continue to say: Remember, you're NOT alone. The Taylorville, Christian County, and Central Illinois communities are here to help.
This has been a station editorial. I'm Randal J. Miller.