Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
Yes, the most important thing to me is my family's health and happiness, but I still can't imagine losing all of the things we surround ourselves with -- our home, car, pictures, mementos, etc. Those poor families who lost everything in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Admittedly, I am often desensitized to the devastation flashed on TV daily (it's everywhere!), but the images and stories coming out of Houston were too hard to ignore. I guess I tried to relate to this and it made it more personal.
I loved watching how strangers helped fellow strangers in the aftermath of Harvey. I wanted to help too. One question in addition to "what?" one was would I count this as an official service project towards my goal of 50? Originally, I thought no, as this was something I'd ordinarily do. After thinking about it, however, I realized that though true, the same could be said for other projects too so for that reason (and because I need 50), this counts as #6!
Driving past Wootton High School on Labor Day Monday, Ella and I saw a large truck flying a huge Texas flag. On my way back, I stopped at the big truck and asked the young men what they needed. They would accept most anything but knew the need for diapers, water, and non-perishable items were the most in demand. They have friends in the area and planned to drive to Texas on Thursday. Knowing what would be useful and that my contributions could reach people in Texas, I went straight to the Giant and bought diapers, water, and wipes. No big effort here, just a little something.
My Takeaway: Strangers really do want to help strangers. Thanks guys!