Sunday, September 1, 2013
Is the 8th anniversary of hurricane Katrina. It killed over 1,800 people. Our son who works offshore was in the gulf as the storm approached. The company finally shut down and he was able to come in and manage to get to Texas. He was one of the lucky ones.
As I watched the news, each broadcast I had tears in my eyes. I HAD to do something, anything. No way would I just write a check. I had to do something that would directly help those affected by the storm.
I truly believe things happen for a reason and at the time I was working at a job where I had a conversation with a board member about a friend he had in Louisiana.
Some of people who did get out of New Orleans were sent to a town in northern Louisiana which had a shelter.
The people who were evacuated had nothing, only the clothes on their backs. The man running the shelter was at his wits end. How could he help these people?
After our conversation I knew I was going to help. No matter what I would get it done.
Never in my life had I ever attempted anything as enormous and important as this. No matter what, it was going to happen.
Asking for help I got tons of no's. I can not to this day understand why. Doesn't matter, I got my yes and ran with it.
We managed to send two tracker trailer loaded with water, clothing, bikes and many other necessities. Everything was sorted and clean and at the end of the day you knew that what you did was helping. That's what it's all about.
This post isn't about me and what I did, it's about kindness. It's also about if you want something bad enough, just do it. Don't wait for someone else to do it because it may never get done.
Recently I heard a sermon about people's talents. As he read off the talents, I sat there and thought well, I don't have any of those but the last one was kindness. That I know I have.
I believe everyone has kindness in them, let it out. The world would be a better place.
Posted by Linda at Sunday, September 01, 2013