When Hurricane Harvey hit I helped the only way I could. Writing these stories brought help to those who needed it.
Compassion Without Boundaries
In a blink of an eye, you could see a Spiritual Awakening taking place. A new way of looking at life. Perspective and Priorities had a whole new meaning. What you once thought was important, no longer mattered. Strangers became neighbors that you reached out to and helped.
Last August changed so many life's. It made the South stand Strong. Neighbor helping Neighbor, Strangers helping Strangers.
Even though so many are still displaced and recovering from Hurricane Harvey, the survivors are friendly, kind-hearted souls, because they understand what is truly important in life: Compassion, Love, and Life itself.
"I think the only thing that kept my sanity was to help the only way I could. I'll never forget the outpouring of help and love we all received and gave during this devastation and the beautiful people I met along the way. These are the memories I'll cherish forever."
— Cherrie Smart
As the recovery continues, many from all over the world continue to help rebuild these lives'. As volunteers or organizations come and go, their lives have also been changed forever. They are touched by a new perspective on life. Many of left the Coastal Bend with a new look on their own lives because of the Spiritual Souls in the Coastal Bend, and not from the destruction that Hurricane Harvey caused.
The residents in the Coastal Bend have a genuinely caring, loving heart. They reach out to others in need and share what little they have. They combine their efforts to find the supplies needed to help those who are still in need, as do many from across the world.
“Hello, Rockport! Sharing His Harvest has not forgotten about you wonderful people! We have been working vigorously to get you all some much-needed rebuilding supplies. Does anyone have some extra warehouse space with a forklift that we could use to haul in donations? We would need to be able to use this space temporarily to store rebuilding supplies to hand out to your community. We are working on a huge deal and one of the requirements would be a warehouse with min 500 sq ft, a loading dock, and a forklift to receive items. We are not making any promises, we’re just prospecting at the moment so we can have our ducks in a row! Please send me or our page a private message! God bless you all!”
The residents of the Coastal Bend give their deepest thanks and appreciation to those that have given so freely of themselves. They have learned to appreciate those daily little gifts they are given, like each and every sunrise, This is what makes the South Strong.
My Final Thoughts
"The Spiritual atmosphere here has taken on a stronger calling. The Awakening has kept many hearts from falling into despair. These spiritual souls have become deeply connected to the Earth and they see the beauty in all living things." -Joanna Blackburn
The one thing the world needs to remember is they are still recovering and need your help. The community is doing all they can to help, but they can only do so many at one time. Reach out today and see what you can do to help those that are still displaced and in recovery mode, and volunteer to help those in rebuild mode.
“Like any loss, whether a loved one or a devastating flood, folks don't just "get over it" after a few months. It's a long struggle of recovery and healing long after the headlines are forgotten. The song, "Soul of Texas", was written by Texans for Texans.”
— Bryan K Skinner
After Hurricane Harvey was gone, Rockport, Texas and surrounding communities, including the McCrary's, opened their homes and properties to those in need. The Rockport Relief Camp is still open and helping others. They are in need of shoes for children.
The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group may still be able to offer recovery assistance to those who have exhausted all other resources.
Other Texas Strong Articles
- Life Doesn’t Get Rebuilt in a Year
My stories do continue but from different a slightly different viewpoint than before. This one shows the love that the Coastal Bend has for one another. They reach out daily to others that are still trying to make a new life.
© 2018 Joanna Blackburn
Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on August 18, 2018:
It's sad that it takes a disaster to make people realise what it truly important. It's good to see people coming together to help each other though. It restores one's faith in humanity.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 15, 2018:
hI, Joanna, I appreciated your thoughts.
Joanna Blackburn (author) from Texas on August 15, 2018:
Thank you, I believe all that helped deserved to know that we all appreciate everything they did for us.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 15, 2018:
Thanks for sharing this update. It's good to keep this in the public eye. Memories can be short as the next disaster grabs the headlines.
Joanna Blackburn (author) from Texas on August 14, 2018:
Thank you for helping others and for reading my article.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 14, 2018:
Hi, Joanna, it"s good to be helpful. Helping others is equally helping oneself. This is the true spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood.
The community that comes to help others is seeding for a big harvest beyond imagination. Your story makes me think and extended any help now a stranger may need. I am always in the habit of helping others, and I will do more. Thank you.