Hi! As I write this, I am preparing for another weekend of tragic news with yet another hurricane barreling toward the gulf coast. Our teams are already working day and night on the west coast and in the gulf to help people who have lost everything. And now they are rapidly gearing up for another large response.
Candidly, this is becoming too normal for me. After a little over three years in this role, I am at risk of numbing to the photos and stories of neighborhoods leveled by disasters. There are a lot. But these aren't just photos and stories. They are people just like me who have just had their lives turned upside down. These are families. Mothers, fathers, children, and friends. They had things...things they worked hard to buy, things they cherished, and the things that I take for granted, like food and clothing. Maybe it was enough, maybe it wasn't quite enough but a disaster took those things. And it took the sense of security that comes with having a place to stay, food to eat, clothing to wear, and the rest of your identity that is wrapped up in your furnishings, photos, electronics, etc.
That is what we are preparing for and responding to right now. We cannot and do not fix everything, but we sure do try to relieve the immediate suffering and meet those immediate needs so that they can focus on the road ahead. I'm incredibly proud of that effort and impact. I'm incredibly inspired by the selfless dedication of our volunteers, who are stepping into disaster zones during the middle of a pandemic to bring compassion, hope, and practical help. They have to fully quarantine for 2 weeks when they get back from deploying to one of these numerous disasters. Talk about a sacrifice putting your life on hold for nearly a month! The least I can do is support them financially. If we reach our Team Davis goal of $1,750, it will cover the cost for one volunteer to complete a 12-day deployment. If you can do so, I hope that you will join me to support this work!