(Copied from the Reading, Massachusetts, blog site.)
A couple of months ago, a few folks from Reading got together to raise awareness of a tiny city in Kansas that shares our name. On May 21, 2011, Reading, Kansas was struck by a massive tornado that destroyed 14 businesses and 56 homes. This tiny city, with a population of under 250 people, saw their one grocery store, the one bank, and their one gas station damaged or destroyed. Their post office and fire station were seriously damaged.
In response, John Feudo and the Reading Recreation Department collect $3,500 to send to Reading, Kansas to help them rebuild their athletic fields and facilities. Our Lions Club made a generous contribution to the Lions Club in Reading, Kansas. The First Baptist Church in Reading, MA, made a generous contribution to their counterpart in Kansas. Other local churches are making contact with their "sister" churches in Kansas to see what they can do to help.
The Wine Bunker in Reading, MA, has generously offered to host a wine tasting fundraiser to support our sister city. They were quickly joined by the Swissbakers, Reading Butcher Shop and Harrow's Chicken Pies, all of whom have offered to supply tasty treats to enjoy with the wine. Fourteen local businesses have put coin collection jars at their registers to show support for Reading, Kansas.
And the residents of Reading have proven both their compassion and generosity. The people of Reading, MA, have already donated more than $1,500 to support our "sister city". That money has come through mailed-in donations, donations in coin jars at local businesses, and donations collected at the Fall Street Faire this past weekend.
There simply are not words to describe the generosity in this town. If you have not yet contributed to help our neighbors in Kansas, there are several ways you can"
-Friend us on facebook at Reading Cares.
-Join us at a Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Reading, Kansas on Thursday, October 20 from 7 to 9pm at The Wine Bunker. Tickets are $15 each/$25 per couple.
-Make a donation. Make your check out to Reading Cares and send to:
Reading Town Hall
Attn: Town Manager
16 Lowell St
Reading, MA 01867