We went back this Thursday and Friday. 14 people, 2 days, we got 9 homes done. I've been saying "one home at a time!" People are slowing pulling it together. Some folks still in shock. I went into 2 homes this week, that hadn't done anything! They don't know where to start and are overwhelmed.
Grown men have been moved to tears to have total strangers show up and say.. "Hey, forget it, what do you need done?". Then getting it done with a good attitude and a joke here or there. I think many miss the emotional connection of having "someone" with you. To "feel" you aren't alone. Many of these owners, older. Many seem to be second or third generation.
It breaks my heart that their years of memories are washed away. Not everyone has another 25 years to rebuild their "collections". Very sad indeed. I see them and I think, "there but by the grace of God go I". I have to help! This week I'm only getting in to help on Friday sooo hopefully, I'll get more volunteers! I hope to get our own permits this week and I am looking to work with other groups as well.
I will say, I am a bit frustrated that I see all these billions raised and I'm sure they are doing good, but Ortley not seeing much, that I know of! BODIES, able body people! That's what they need! Caring folks, that will help them though this mess. Physically and emotionally. I keep a list of the folks we've helped. IF I can find more help for them, I hook them up! I'm hoping to increase my volunteer base.
I'D love to be able to go block by block and offer help. I do know others are down there. I've seen The Mormons, Calvary Church, my founders, lol SurfRiders... but I want to see more! Less red tape and more folks helping their neighbors. I am the supreme optimist! Not a bad way to be! xo