WHAT YOU WON'T SEE ON TV
In the heart of America, my spouse mentioned that there were huricane victims in our city. As far away as we are, I did not believe this. So I called a couple hotels and asked. In 20 minutes I found 19 people. This was yesturday.
I called the local pizza restaurant, and they fed them for dinner that night. While there visiting with them to see what they needed, I saw two fellow small business owners that are clients of mine. One volunteered to buy dinner the next night and the other (owning three fast food restaurants) offered to provide a meal also. (This man had just finished helping load 2 semi trailors full of bottled water that he donated to the relief effort)
I found out that one family was towing a family car for the other family that was broke down. One call to a local mechanic who I had only met once and a free parts and repair were provided. One of the young adult children (22) has a cracked tooth that is hurting him. One call to a local dentist and he has a free appointment tommorow at 4pm.
A place to live? Local church camp is providing all of thier accomadations for free, and volunteers from the church will be cooking meals daily. A different local church will be giving my new friends from New Orleans a home to stay in for free as soon as it is ready. The home needs minor repairs.
You might not see this story on the news, but you will find it across the nation in cities like this one.
My spouse works for a radio station. They did a four hour remote and raised $2,300. from people entering a grocery store and recieved a standing ovation from the local Red Cross board. But what only a few people saw was the 4-year-old little girl who brought a teddy bear and her jar of pennies to give. Her whole savings.
By tommorow our city will recieve over 300 people that are going to stay in the Armory and other shelters. I have no doubt that we will pull together as a community and help them all.