Last night, my stepdad and little brother returned home from a weekend in the Rockaway area of Long Island, NY after assisting in the clean-up efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Because my house happens to be right on the way from the Rockaways to Maine, the two of them stopped by...had some pie and a hot shower...and began to tell their tales.
The destruction is horrific, they said. But that's not the whole story. As they were working throughout the day, a man (presumably a local homeowner who was, no doubt, facing the destruction of his own property) walked up and down the street giving cups of homemade chicken soup and corn bread to the volunteers. At other times, large tables full of donated hot meals would appear.
Humanity, it turns out, is doing alright.
We're all in this together--Mormon or not--and even in the midst of crushing devastation, our better selves tend to be the ones that show up.
Mormon Helping Hands :: Hurricane Sandy :: Rockaways, NY from Joshua Brown on Vimeo.