Yesterday was my first full day helping out in Joplin. The temperature was a little bit over 100 again but I didn’t mind the heat. A group of us were working on demolishing a house. It felt so good to get out there, work, and get my hands a little dirty in the company of some great people. Despite the heat, the spirit of the group was high and everyone worked really well together.
In the afternoon we had a few trucks come in with a variety of donations from around the country. We had to unload the trucks by hand. During it all, I was very happy to be among such a great group of people. There are around 50 volunteers of different ages and from different states. Some people are older and some are young. Everyone is really committed to help and they all seem to really feel the pain of the Joplin community.
Yesterday I missed a great photo opportunity. I was standing near a partially destructed home. On the second floor there was a partial balcony left in tact after the storm. An old lady was watering a little shrub in a flower pot on the piece of balcony. Everything around her was debris and destruction yet she was water the little shrub. It was like witnessing a great hope. Despite the fact that this woman was going through a difficult time, she still cared enough and had enough hope to water that plant and restore some life around the area. It was a great moment.
Today we’ve been working on demolishing a two story brick church and we’re working inside. Once again I am just so grateful to be here that I’m overwhelmed.
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