I had a unique experience today. Coming from a media background, I know there is a value in PR and presentation on a huge event like this. These drives are the PR and Marketing for these agencies like Cumulus Media and I, Drew Eppley now understand that. This is coming from seeing and talking to the residents yesterday (and today). After certainly getting on TV on all the local stations helping unload the truck and carrying in supplies from donors to their stockpile, I was adamant about distribution but couldn't be useful so I went back door-to-door in the Maple and Elm Avenue areas seeking what people needed and IT WAS VERY UGLY!
The staff at 96ROCK Cincinnati suggested I talk to the man in charge, but after finding him, even the Norwood Police Department (who was very busy of course understandably) didn't quite have any value for my time. After that was all done, I left slightly in tears even with much thanks given (which I also feel bad because there were the big DJs in Cincinnati) but I was overwhelmed there were people without food and supplies while they were still stacking up the collected supplies where without doubt, many photos were constantly being taken. It does serve a great purpose, don't get me wrong, but TIME is not much value in a real-world situation like I was able to connect personally with both sides which most people can't relate too.
There were residents without any vehicle and any way to get what they needed and I felt their pain openly admitting I can't imagine what they're truly going through. It was a painful learning experience and by all means without the drive, none of this would happen and yes there are thousands of homes in desperate need even as a type this but I can't afford to buy my own supplies and the church was the excuse as to why nothing could be done in the moment.
I did the best I could and will likely drive back after my afternoon work shift to see if I can still help. We're out here with the #NorwoodStrong supplies drive / and local fundraiser . They'll be here till 4pm. we're go out soon to the communities to help distribute or see what residents need.