Amidst all the sad and horrible scenes of destruction we are seeing in Texas and Louisiana, left by Hurricane Harvey, we are also seeing so many heartwarming pictures as well, with countless heroes springing into action. It always amazes me how tragedy can bind people together working for a common good.
Harvey is being called the worst disaster in Texas history, and full recovery is expected to take many years. So far there are 50 confirmed deaths, numerous injuries, and property damage around $190 billion. Many of the homeowners were not insured. But as gloomy as the picture is, so many people are digging into their pockets and donating money to help folks they have never met. I'm hearing stories of neighbor helping neighbor clean out their water-damaged properties.
The Humane Society of the United States, Catholic Charities USA, American Red Cross, Lutheran Disaster Response, United States Equestrian Federation, Episcopal Relief & Development, and AmeriCares, are just some of the organizations providing help to the victims of the storm. Any one of these is a good place to donate if you want to help. Some of these organizations also coordinate volunteers who want to go there (and other disaster sites) to help in the various ways needed such as public health, cleanup, and construction.
As time goes by, we are seeing more and more heroes. I urge you to join them in whatever way you can. Our country is strong and these people will rebuild, especially when we all pull together!