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Thinking of Texas

I am watching Fixer Upper on HGTV right now. I put it on while I was having my lunch and just left it on while I’m doing my jobs around the house.

If you don’t know about this show, it is a home improvement show set in Waco, TX. I enjoy seeing how they take a house that is worn down and fix it so that it is nearly brand new. I also like seeing the decorating ideas. While I don’t like everything they do decorating wise, it’s a place to garner ideas for our new house.

But, I find my mind wandering from the fun show I’m watching to the tragedy that is TX right now. Having lived 17 years in FL, I lived through some hurricanes, including 2004 the year of 3 hurricanes.  I remember living through Tropical Storm Fay in 2008, which dropped a ton of rain over a few days. Many people had water intrusion in their houses, but no one I knew had flooding.

I can’t imagine seeing the water levels rise. I can’t imagine seeing the streets become rivers that then move into my home. I can’t imagine trying to escape and save the boys, Dixie, Richard and myself. I just can’t imagine.

I see the pictures and videos and it is Katrina all over again, but it’s worse. It’s not done. This storm doesn’t seem to want to stop, it wants to keep refilling. I can’t imagine the devastation that will be found when the waters finally recede. It breaks my heart to see the pets who were left behind. It kills me to see the children clinging to their rescuers/parents/ adult person who can get them above the water level.

I go back to this quote:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers

When I watch the footage, I look for the people who are helping. It’s the police and fire fighters. It’s the EMT, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. It’s the National Guard, Red Cross and other organized volunteers.  But, it’s also the everyday person who just sees a person in need. It’s the person who stops to say I care. It’s the way that we as Americans can stand up and say… I’m proud and I’m here to help. It doesn’t matter what political party you follow. It doesn’t matter what you think about the people who were elected to office. What matters is that a fellow American needs help, and we need to give it to them.

So, what can we do? Donate, give you time, your money, your thoughts, your prayers. Make sure to give to a legitimate organization who you know will help these people. The Red Cross, Houston’s SPCA, and so many other major non-profit organizations are already in need of help for this tragedy.

I know we will make a donation tonight. I continue to think and pray for the people who are effected. I will keep looking for the true helpers.

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