A Symbol of Reunion After Hurricane Harvey
Children’s drawings are the windows to their minds—the embodiment of innocence. Many children draw pictures of their families, usually holding hands in front of their homes. Most of these images do not include their families in lifeboats or traces of water damage, besides the occasional splotch of spilt juice. These drawings are often displayed on refrigerators for their loved ones to admire, not resting on piles of rubble in demolished neighborhoods.
This scene seems surreal to those of us who have never known it. We hear about natural disasters happening all over the world, but when one happens so close to home, we are taken by surprise. It takes real experience to even comprehend, but, since Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Texas and surrounding areas, this has been a reality for thousands of people.
On August 28th, Ashley Raggio of Kingwood, Texas, was ready to begin her freshman year at Lone Star College-Kingwood when devastating floodwaters delayed this exciting time in her life.
“I honestly don’t know what to say. [August 30th] was the first day everyone was able to get out and start recovering,” said Raggio. “The community has come together and gotten immediate needs like clothing, toiletries, etc.”
From everywhere in the United States, people are coming together to send supplies, thoughts or prayers, and kind words to the city of Houston. In Birmingham, Mayor Bell initiated a five-day supply drive at Boutwell Auditorium. On the Hilltop, we made UMCOR relief kits with cleaning supplies that could be taken to the drop-off center in the Krulak Institute.
“Above all, please, please, please pray for us,” Raggio pleaded. “We are in it for the long run as far as getting our city back to normal. We are devastated and are in survival mode.”
This is true determination — realizing that hard times are ahead, but refusing to give up. Houston may be in it for the long run, but they are not alone. Families rebuilding homes and lives need help. Below are some links provided by Ashley Raggio for more information regarding how BSC students and faculty can donate to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Feature photo by araza123 via Flickr