November 12, 2012

Helping Hands

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.


Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing this video. I'm glad your family members could help out.

Linda said...

That was awesome...I am glad to see the MHH help is going in up there. Reminds me of the Katrina effort down here, but NY/NJ have such a greater is overwhelming...and it is COLD. Glad your family could be part of it!

Linda said...

I can't imagine what it must have been like to see that in person. The people there seem so grateful.

Sharalea said...

Love that your family was there front and center. This video is powerful, thank you for sharing! I shared in on FB too and the kids have requested to watch it several times

They especially loved the yellow school bus, the "cool masks", and the big piles.

I really can't believe how terrible the destruction is. Wild. Grateful for helping hands!

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