Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 221, September 21

The subject of the flooding in our area is still very much on my mind, as I am sure it is on yours as well.  Despite all the heartache and devastation, we are strengthened and uplifted by examples of service.

A few days ago, our Relief Society President sent out an email to ward members asking for help in cleaning out a friend's flooded basement.  Within an hour, individuals and couples started showing up.  One young woman, the daughter of our RS President, drove from her home in south Denver to help carry the family's belongings out of the basement.  Another man (would it surprise you to know that he is our president's husband?) showed up twice.  Each time, he banged his head on the low ceiling of the basement, one time causing severe damage.

Other people arrived, including Larry and myself.  We worked together, laughing over aches and pains of muscles being put to unaccustomed use.   (My muscles are still protesting.)

Examples of service abound in our community.  There is the friend who volunteered at a flooded church (not of his faith) to help take apart the church's organ and grand piano and transport them to his place of business where they could dry out.  There is another friend who volunteered at the relief center where supplies were distributed to people who had lost everything.  There is yet another friend who went to Walmart and bought $150 worth of toiletries to take to the center.  And so on.

So, for today, I am grateful for those who answer the call to serve.

1 comment:

  1. And then there's the woman who spent her Friday morning at garage sales, buying coats for the shelter and persuading those who were holding the sales to donate unsold clothing at the end of the day. I'm grateful for her!