Amid the devastation of the Fort Myers tornado, a message of hope persists

FORT MYERS, Fl. (WBBH) – In a time of great sadness, one community is trying to move forward.

Every day, Debbie Cascio, who lives in the 21st Century Mobile Community in Fort Myers, chalks up a fun or uplifting message on a small easel.

The neighborhood Cascio lives in is in the direct path of Sunday’s EF-2 tornado that tore through South Fort Myers.

Her house has been spared the storm, so is her chalkboard.

So she sent this message: “Don’t cry to give up, cry to continue”.

“Yesterday a lot of people cried and were frustrated and then we started rebuilding,” she said. “So you can still cry, but we’ll move forward.”

Messages have been a mainstay on Apollo Drive since she moved over a year ago.

“I know I have a little sidewalk here so I got the idea when I was still living in Illinois to deliver a message a day,” says Cascio.

There’s still a lot of work to do and a lot of tears to shed. However, that is the future she is aiming for.

“Seeing all the communities come together like this, I know everyone says that, but it’s really amazing.”

While she doesn’t know what tomorrow will bring, Cascio knows her neighbors can count on a simple white chalk smiley message.

https://nbc-2.com/top-news/2022/01/17/amid-fort-myers-tornado-devastation-a-message-of-hope-prevails/ Amid the devastation of the Fort Myers tornado, a message of hope persists

Tom Vazquez

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