A popular relationship book by Dr. Gary Chapman, “The Five Love Languages,” has become a mainstream relationship guide. The book is written to address romantic relationships, but after many years of news reporting, writing, producing and anchoring, I’m stepping out just this once to tell people that during a natural disaster like the recent historic flooding, anything and everything you do for someone else counts. 

I’ve covered thousands of stories. In my opinion, the good far outweighs the bad. The human spirit is absolutely amazing and people do want to, and will, help others in need. People do care about others. They do care about their family members, neighbors and people they have never met before but have a sense that those in a crisis need and appreciate their help.

If you’ve been considering donating your time, money, resources of any kind, reach out. It doesn’t matter what your particular “love language” is in time of need. A caring word, deed or just your time is a great help in time of intense stress.

Here are the love languages in Dr. Chatman’s book, but you can make a difference in your own way and create your own care “language.” The gift doesn’t have to be financial, Red Lodge and especially communities including Fromberg need any and all kindness and state and local law enforcement and agencies such as the Red Cross can give you guidance in helping out should you decide you want to help. The flooding that so severely damaged areas in Montana is historic but so is the great Western spirit of unconditional help and support in times of need.

What are the love languages? We all give and receive love in 5 different ways: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. These are called ‘love languages’ – a concept created by Dr. Gary Chapman through his long-time work as a marriage counsellor.

The Montana Nonprofit Association has these suggested disaster relief agencies. 

Community members, nonprofits, and funders are joining forces to support Montana flood recovery efforts. Here are just a few ways to contribute to the cause but we know nonprofits in each impacted community and throughout the state are stepping up to serve. And, we appreciate you all so very much.