Unless you live in Texas in the most affected areas, you are like me. You are watching what is going on in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on TV or through social media. It heartbreaking to watch. I can’t even imagine it. Countless families have been displaced, perhaps indefinitely. Homes have been destroyed. Lives have been disrupted in ways few of the rest of us can even imagine.
After Katrina in 2005, people were displaced and relocated all over the country. I remember one little boy who showed up in a kindergarten class in my school in Richmond, Virginia. He appeared to be dazed and distracted. He was a Katrina survivor. When I learned that, his distraction made sense. He hadn’t yet recovered from having been displaced from his Louisiana home. Who knows what experience he had internalized during the aftermath of that terrible storm? I hope he is doing well today. He is probably watching what is happening on TV with vivid memories of his own, however.
Meanwhile, we are watching in real time as neighbors help neighbors and Good Samaritans are showing up everywhere in Texas.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, we are reminded. In spite of perceived differences between us, we are all human, and we are connected by our humanity. We need certain basics for mere survival, and right now, our neighbors in Texas are in survival mode. Our prayers are with each of them.
If everyone were to donate just a little toward relief–just what you can spare–it would quickly add up. Our neighbors in Texas need our help.
And keep in mind that this is not an event that will be over anytime soon. People in the affected areas will need our continued help and support in the weeks and months to come.
If you have already given, thank you.
If you haven’t yet, please take just a moment to do that now. You’ll be glad you did.
Until next time.