Disaster can bring out the best or the worst in people. Thankfully these past few days have been full of neighbors helping neighbors.
We had a big storm roll through my area and it knocked out a lot of electricity in my region for about a week. That meant no AC in over 100 degree weather, food spoiling in the refrigerator, people going without a lot of things and so much more. Even people that are on oxygen machines were without.
The first day was rough. Everyone was panicking. The grocery stores and gas stations that had power were packed with people trying to buy things. The grocery stores ran out of food, ice and bottled water very quickly. A couple of gas stations even ran out of gas. Hundreds of places ended up throwing quite a lot of food away because it went bad; there was no way to keep it cold.
Then, the donations started pouring in. People with power opened their homes to those in need. Everyone was donating packages of bottled water for people that didn’t have any. Stores were giving out free bags of ice when they had some. One store around here isn’t set to open for another week, but they got a special permit so they could sell ice and generators.
Driving down the road, you could see groups of people moving a tree out of the way from a neighbor’s yard. Everyone seemed nicer, more courteous.
There is still quite a few without power and the weather is still blistering hot. Its nice to know that we can come together and survive. I’m always seeing on the news where a community has come together to help others after a tornado, a flood or even just a neighbor in hardship, but seeing it with my own eyes and being a part of it was