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Neighbors help neighbors recover from Kent Island tornado

added on: August 3, 2017
Eastern Shore Dental Care - Chester, MD

Nearly 2 weeks ago, our little Island was rocked by a surprise tornado that wreaked havoc on the area in the middle of the night. Several of our beloved patients and friends were among those in the direct path and their homes were severely damaged or destroyed. We are forever grateful for the miracle that no one was seriously injured amongst all of the destruction.

There’s a saying, “Don’t lose hope, for when it gets dark the stars come out” and this proved the truest of sentiments in the aftermath of the Kent Island tornado. It came as no surprise to anyone who has lived or worked on Kent Island for many years to see how swiftly and selflessly the community pulled together to provide much-needed assistance for their neighbors in areas hit the hardest.

A common scene around Stevensville when the sun rose on July 24, 2017

Chester, MD the morning after the tornado

A couple of days after the storm, a group of friends in the Bishop Meadow community in Queenstown stuffed brown bags of food to hand out at dinner-time to the volunteers working in Bay City and Ellendale. We jumped at the chance to help them by donating over 100lbs of apples and cookies for their cause. The women had also taken it upon themselves to cook mountains of pulled pork and several casserole dishes of baked ziti for the dozens of grateful volunteers and families who were still without power.

Like everyone else, we continue to be moved by the ongoing compassion and generosity seen around town and on social media. There were groups of volunteers removing trees from yards no cost, collection spots set up for donated items, and many other acts of sheer kindness that reaffirmed to us why Kent Island is the greatest place in the world to live and work.

Dr. Billings and Laurie assisted with cleanup in the Stevensville neighborhoods of Bay City and Anchorage a few days after the storm.

Volunteers served homemade ziti and our office donated drinks & platters of chicken from Chick-fil-A to serve two days after the storm

Neighbors made 150 brown bag dinners for the volunteers in Bay City and Ellendale. We happily provided the apples for their cause.

We will continue to look for ways to volunteer our services to neighbors who suffered losses from this storm and assist in any means we can to the rebuilding of our great community of Kent Island! And thank you, again, to all of those who stepped in in the immediate aftermath of the storm to help those in need. YOU all are the reason we love this Island!