After the incredible damage wrought over Alabama by the tornadoes on March 3, the recovery efforts have moved forward. While the community stayed strong together, some memories were lost along with loved ones.
Mykhala Waldon was one of the four children lost in the March 3 tornado in Beauregard, Ala., alongside her 9-year old cousin Jonathan Marquez Bowen.
After the storm, the mother of Mykhayla Waldon asked for help searching for a letter written to her by her daughter, a precious memory of her daughter, on March 10. The community immediately began searching for the letter, normally kept in her mother’s wallet, but said to be in a black book-bag style purse the weekend of the storm.
On March 12, the priceless letter was found by East Alabama Fire’s Kerry Pickard, who recognized the bag among the collected items from the storm site. The Sheriff’s Office and Lee County EMA located the letter and returned it to Mykhala’s mother, who gave permission to share the letter and her daughter’s words with the community.
Mykhala’s aunt shared a message with the community after the letter was found, writing “She received the letter and it meant everything to her. Our cousin Shamel drove it to her. It worked out perfectly because Shamel was going to see her mom, who is still in the hospital there too from being injured in the storm. Please thank everyone on your page that shared for us. I know many even prayed that it would be found and given to her. We appreciate this so much. Blessings to you and your family.”