“Did You Hear About the Hot Tub in a Tree…

…it’s in a graveyard? Everybody’s talking about it!” This was perhaps one of my favorite quotes from our recent deployment in Oak Grove and Smithville, MO. It came out of nowhere while a CDS volunteer engaged in sensory play with a child who days prior survived an F3 tornado ripping the roof off her home. While this […]

“Want to see my home?”

I know I have mentioned a lot about the kiddos and their families I’ve encountered. However, I also want to be sure to share these things as well: The Shelter: the cots and the small area surrounding them became their home I remember when I was playing with one kiddo he asked me if I […]

Deploying = Out of My Comfort Zone = Best Place to Be!

Sitting here on the plane, a million thoughts run through my head. Starting with how this all came to be, to what this journey will be like. To think this all started from me responding to an email stating I’m available is crazy. I remember Children’s Disaster Services writing back stating it may be difficult […]

Deployment Alert: Louisiana flooding

IMMEDIATE NEED: We are seeking CDS Certified volunteers to deploy immediately to the disastrous flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Just yesterday there were approximately 500 people in shelters and overnight that number has risen to over 5,000.  Please contact Kathy Fry-Miller (Kfry-miller@brethren.org) if you are available to deploy anytime in the near future, beginning as […]

Deployment Alert: West Virginia Flooding

We are seeking volunteers for an immediate response to the West Virginia flooding. Anyone who is already certified with Children’s Disaster Services and has 1-2 weeks of availability please e-mail us at CLDisasterRelief@gmail.com or you can contact Kathy Fry-Miller directly at KFry-Miller@brethren.org.

Day 7: Leaving a Different Orlando

Today I flew home.  I hated leaving when the Family Assistance Center is still open and there are some significant things still happening, but I needed to get back today.  Four members of our team are still there and will continue to care for the children. I drove away from the football and soccer stadium […]

Day 6: Wheelchairs and Boo-boo’s

We have been seeing a lot more of those who are injured coming to the Family Assistance Center.  This is likely due to the fact that they are starting to be discharged from hospitals.  Some come in wheelchairs and many with all sorts of bandages.  And they come supported by their friends and families.  It was […]

Day 5: Numbers Don’t Capture the Story

A few of us went to a local church service this morning before the Family Assistance Center (FAC) opened. Even though I’m an avid news-reader, I have not been reading the news on this horrible event and only learning details from the kids. But I have to tell you, the church put the names of […]

Day 4: Critical Response Team & Wally

Due to the nature of this deployment, these blogposts have been on hold until they have been cleared for release. This has been a super controlled and well organized disaster response as a whole. My teammates who have been on critical response deployments before, say that the response for man-made disasters seems to be more […]