South Carolina Flooding: “We Lost Everything” How To Help
Since the month of October began, deadly flooding has engulfed parts of South Carolina, forcing people from their homes. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has activated the National Guard to help with flood rescues. By Monday, October 5th, the rain that had ravaged the state of South Carolina was still steadily thumping over much of the state, in some places for a fifth consecutive day.
Five days of continuous rain caused havoc including a tree blocked a flood-ravaged road, water almost up to light poles, rain water on the second floor of houses and worse. The devastation is heartbreaking.
Water main ruptures and other problems had left about 40,000 people without water on Monday, Gov. Haley said. Dams had burst and homes had been submerged and ruined, especially in and around Columbia, the state capital. A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety, Sherri Iacobelli, said Monday night that the storm had killed 11 people in the state. Seven deaths were weather-related drownings, she said, and four others were traffic fatalities linked to the storm.
There have already conducted hundreds of water rescues and at least 25 by air — were rushing Monday to search more homes, restore infrastructure and power, and deliver drinking water.
Here’s how you can help:
• The Salvation Army is assisting communities along the East Coast by providing food, water and shelter to flood victims. You can donate to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts online or by texting STORM to 51555.
•The American Red Cross of the Palmetto South Carolina Region needs volunteers to assist in shelter operations and disaster assessment. New volunteers can visit RedCross.org/SC and click on volunteer to start the application process.
• The South Carolina Baptist Convention has deployed food and child care units to assist flood victims. A chainsaw unit also is on the ground, helping to remove fallen trees interfering with power lines.
•The Francis R. Willis SPCA shelter experienced a tremendous amount of flooding in their kennel areas. Now the shelter is in need of assistance to restore the location. They’re asking for donations to the “FRW SPCA Emergency Flooding Fund.”
Comedian Tommy Davidson Thrown Out & Left For Dead: “Doctors Didn’t Know If I Would Live”
For nearly three decades, comedian Tommy Davidson has been cracking up audiences with his stand-up routine, quirky one-of-a-kind characters and spot-on impressions of celebrities like Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Jackson. In 1990, Davidson shot to fame when he was cast on the hit sketch comedy show “In Living Color.”
After that, Tommy was seen in movies, doing voice overs for cartoons and headlining in comedy specials all over the country. But it’s hard to imagine that someone who’s star is so bright, started life with such a dark time.
On 2015’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, Davidson opens up about his childhood and how he was literally thrown away by his birth mother. Tommy’s birth mother literally threw him behind a garbage can and left him there. His adoptive mother said that she had a feeling to look behind the public trash can in the alley saw Tommy’s leg. From there she took him to the hospital where they didn’t know if he would even live or die.
“I was damaged pretty bad. I had contusions in my skull, was scarred. The doctors didn’t even know if I was going to live,” said Davidson.
Although he was adopted, the majority of African American children are left behind. Moreover, a baby who is not African-American is seven times more desirable to potential adoptive parents than a black baby. Surprisingly Latino and white children fared about the same.
All of this translates into dollars in America’s $2-3 billion adoption market: In a recent study, parents were willing to pay $16,000 more for a girl than a boy, but $38,000 more for a non-African-American baby than a black one.
Following his adoption by a white family in 1966, Davidson moved from Colorado to Wyoming to Oregon until he was about 5 years old. After bouncing from state to state, his family made the move to the East Coast to…