You know what always astounds me? That it takes a devastating tragedy for people to be nice to each other.
Today, there was nowhere I could turn that didn’t show the devastation that Texas is currently facing. The coast is in shambles. Cities are facing historic floods. Meteorologists don’t think the storm part of this story will end for a few more days, as they expect Harvey to turn around and come back. And it broke my heart to see the pictures. I saw story after story about people who lost everything, entire cities flattened, massive highways underwater.
But amidst those stories, there were stories of triumph. Stories about people who loaded up their boats this weekend and headed toward the storm to go pull complete strangers to safety. Stories about people opening their homes to friends of friends so they would have a safe, dry place to stay. Buses moving hundreds of people to convention centers that became temporary shelters. People looking for somewhere to make donations or volunteer their time. And of gas stations and convenience stores that went out of their way to support people who were traveling and people who were volunteering.
And the silly things we use to divide us, like skin color, political views, language, aren’t important anymore.
This is the kind of compassion we need because we are all human and we are all here together. And we are stronger together. Stories like this give me hope for our future. I just wish it didn’t take a disaster to make it happen.
My thoughts and prayers are with Houston and those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, I thank the brave first responders and volunteers who are working around the clock to make sure as many people as possible are safe and have what they need. I know this is a trying time, but I know that by working together, we will rise above it.
Want to read some of those triumphant stories I talked about? I found you some! Check them out:
- Hurricane Harvey: Heroes rise to the occasion to help rescue those stranded by storm via ABC News
- Buc-ee’s opens Katy location to emergency personnel via KVUE
- Dozens of Hurricane Harvey victims rescued from a roof in Houston via ABC News
- Anheuser-Busch will provide water to victims of Hurricane Harvey via ABC Action News
- Message From Hurricane Harvey: Americans Helping Each Other via BREITBART
- Maine residents to assist in hurricane recovery via AP News
- Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston via AP News
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