Former Greene Countians Lending A Hand
James and Sheila Wood
This is written by James Wood after their return , from helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
HURRICAN KATRINA RESCUE
LIKE GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR PROMISED IN WORLD WAR II--
WE SHALL RETURN
Mickey, Mary K, Sheila and I (last names were not
used) arrived in
Someone asked me when we announced we were
I recall mucking one house in which the homeowners were not present. I helped clear the bedroom of a young lady (about 20 years old). I was struck by the time, effort and money she and her family must have spent in accumulating the one hundred or so dresses that we removed from her closets and threw into the trash. We took her high-school trophies and other memorabilia from the walls and dresser tops and hauled them to the trash heap in a wheelbarrow sitting outside her bedroom window. A crew of 9 people then aggressively attacked the interior removing all carpets, pictures, furniture, appliances and sheet rock from the house leaving only 2 X 4 studs standing. So many hopes, dreams and so much history were taken from her and all those others we served in the blinking of an eye.
The four of us talked about how we were changed as we made the long trip home. I tend to look at things differently now and realize that things are not so important. I have pledged to remove the clutter of them from my life. Soon after arriving home, I went completely through my closets taking out clothes and other stuff that I have not used or worn in years. Most items are now or soon will be in the hands of agencies that will put them to use.
Uniting in a common goal and purpose we very quickly, like MacArthurs soldiers, became brothers and sisters as we fought the common enemy of hopelessness, despair, and sadness. It was a joy to meet some of the homeowners and see confusion and grief leave their faces after we cleared away the mess. My hope and prayer is that they will begin to heal and get their lives back on an even keel in the future and that joy will return to them instead of sadness and despair.
We worked through a group called Hilltop
Rescue and Relief, a ministry of the Hilltop Church of Christ in
Hilltop Rescue and Relief can be pulled up on the Internet.
From Sheila, Mickey, Mary K and JimTHE KC GROUP