5K Benefits Van Zandt County Tornado Victims
Living in a little town in east Texas could be dull. But, not Canton, Texas. It is the home of First Monday Trade Days. Once every month, the first four days before the first Monday, 6000 Vendors from everywhere, show up to sell everything sellable to 100,000 to 200,000 people who come and buy everything known to mankind. There are less than 4,000 folks who live here.
April 29, 2017 nine tornados hit our county. All this happened the First Monday Saturday night. It is a miracle there were only five fatalities. No big buildings were destroyed, so we were not eligible for FEMA money. Little farms and houses all over this county were blown away. Animals were gone. Crops were not here anymore to harvest. Pets were missing. Power was gone. Fences were scraps of wood. Working people need help. People were injured and without food, water, clothes and transportation. Good people came from all over to do what needed to be done.
You all know what happened next. Hurricanes hit one after another, from where our First Monday customers come. 500-year rains, one after another. Money and Government help has gone elsewhere.
The healthy, happy 45-year-old and under bunch, who live here in our county are different. Some of the most highly trained First Responders that save lives in the big cities of North Texas live here. Chopper pilots, skilled medics, firemen, police, nurses, and nurse practitioners, raise their families and are active right here at home.
Good people in our county need some money now. This 45 and under bunch have set up a working board, have a fair system of long term recovery, with a counselor’s council, and they play no politics getting folks back on their feet. They need more money.
Saturday morning, they had a 5K at the First Monday Grounds. Why did they wait so long? Some of the leaders have been all over Texas helping victims of Floods, Tornados, and Hurricanes. That is what they do.
It was a great 5K. The shirt had 29 sponsors. They ran out of shirt space before they ran out of sponsors. There were serious runners from around East Texas, but a lot of them were volunteers to make a good race a great race. There were Fire Trucks, Police Cars, a Helicopter Med Crew, and first responders everywhere. Their kids had a ball showing their Moms and Dads to their school buddies. Some of the kids ran along with their Moms and Dads in the 5K. Dogs and baby carts made the course a fun place. It was a fun Saturday morning.
There is a Good Book that says, “It is more blessed to Give than to Receive.” That is what the Van Zandt County 5K Run for Relief was all about.
P.S. The Relief Fund Takes “RAIN CHECKS.”
To make a financial contribution to help tornado victims, call First State Bank at 903-833-5861 and ask to donate to the Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund 2017.