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Community’s care for others inspires

July 9, 2012

The storm that struck at the end of June almost instantly took millions of people back in time. Residents from multiple states found themselves in the dark ages. Vinton County residents were not exempt from those affected. The entire county was devastated by the outage that followed the storm, and many residents were without power, air conditioning and other important necessities such as quality food and water. To make matters even worse, the county was under an extreme heat advisory for nearly the entire duration of the outage. Phone service was disconnected to many. and cell service was not accessible to a great number as well. The journey to the dark ages had begun. In spite of the conditions, though, residents came together and made the best of the situation to help those who were left feeling powerless in more ways than one.

After hearing some of the stories of those who worked day-in and day-out to help those who were suffering from the heat and the lack of electricity, I was very inspired. It seems it is usually the people who have the least who are willing to give the most. When I visited the cooling station at the Vinton County Middle School, I watched the workers who volunteered time to unload ice and water and give it to those who were in need. There were many who worked hard to prepare meals for others or serve those who were without. I watched as people visited the fairgrounds to grab some bread that had been made available to them. Volunteers were everywhere helping others and giving their time to them. We were all hot. All were in the dark, but there was something in the hearts of many that made them reach out beyond their own discomfort to help provide comfort to others.

Why do horrible things have to happen before people become involved with their community? Maybe that is not the right question to ask. Is that even the case at all? Maybe these people are always giving. Perhaps they are always reaching out a helping hand, but it goes unnoticed because the severity of the need. When more people are reaching, I guess it is easier to see the hand that is feeding or providing assistance. I don’t know how many looked at those who were sweat-drenched and suffering through the heat and took a moment to say ‘Thank you.’ The work of these people made so many people’s lives better. I want to personally say thank you to all who worked and sacrificed to help others. Whether your help was in a shelter, at a center, in government, climbing poles and connecting lines, walking next door to check on neighbors, or any form you of help you chose, it is appreciated.

I think we all should take time to thank those who care more about others than themselves. After we thank them, we should remember the service they provided to us. A great lesson can be learned from these people who sacrificed for others in spite of their own misfortune. We all suffered from the storm, but because of them, it became a little more pleasant for many.

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  1. Jackie permalink
    July 9, 2012 9:32 pm

    Well said Paul! I was one of many the worked hard in the heat to give out water and ice! We had 3 great teenage kids that worked day in and day out to help and never said can we go home they wanted to help in anyway they could! I really glad to see the people pull together to make it happen! I sometimes think you are right on ( why does it take this for people to help) we need more good people to come join the MCArthur crimewatch / CERT team ! So come join next Monday night at 630 and a BIG THANK You to everyone for your help

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