Angels are Everywhere: The Glory of Helping in a Crisis.
Recently, Hurricane Ida hit my home town of New Orleans. This is a brief description of the hell some people have endured, as well as an account of the miracles that arrived in the shape of Earth Angels.
Hurricane Ida has blasted through the city with 120 mph winds that toppled the power towers. Many have been trapped in their homes with no internet or lights or refrigeration or AC. Imagine sitting day after day in a sauna - 100 degrees and 90 percent humidity. The food has run out. The canned stuff is gone. You haven’t eaten all day.
Do you believe that you deserve help?
Do you believe it is your responsibility to help others?
Here’s what I believe:
Angels are everywhere, waiting to help. All you have to do, is ASK.
As I write this on September 1st, my dear friend Michelle is holed up in a blackout, under lockdown, tending to her 90 year old mother, who is dying. She is the strongest person I know, and she has been weeping nonstop. No hospice help can come, as all the nurses and social workers also had to seek shelter from the hurricane.
Fortunately, Michelle is able to text me that she is in crisis. Ida knocked her down and she can’t get up. She has no batteries for her fans, no gas for her small generator to run the AC in her mom’s bedroom, where she is keeping a vigil, watching her mother lose ground in the extreme heat. As I am currently across the country, I have posted a request for help on our neighborhood FB group in New Orleans.
Asking for help gives the Angels permission to work on your behalf.
Nurses are Angels in comfortable shoes.
Jane Layburn Norwood, a young mom and registered nurse, saw my appeal for help for Michelle. She immediately drove around downed trees to arrive with cheese steaks, fresh veggies, batteries and clean sheets. She checked on Michelle’s mum and promised to return.
"You are not going through this alone," she told her.
The next morning, Michelle glanced out the window to see a guy at her corner giving out containers of gas from the back of his truck. She could get her generator going to get the AC blowing in her mom’s bedroom.
Kelby Danielle - another fellow New Orleanian - saw the FB request and dropped off a case of bottled water - she's making trips in and out of the city bringing supplies - that's her mission.
Earth Angels are everywhere.
And how about this miracle? Our housesitter Frank - who has been unable to buy gas anywhere - was gifted two gallons of gas from our neighbors. Now, he can get his motorcycle going and take over some of our batteries to Michelle.
How did this happen? Ordinary people heard the call for help and responded with action.
Be an Earth Angel to someone you don’t even know.
Here's the thing. It's not going to ease up very soon. As I write this on September 11th, there's so many people in New Orleans without food you'd be stunned. Not everyone can line up hours for FEMA food and supplies. A number of people can’t even get there. Even if the buses were running, how does an elderly person carry it all home, up a flight of steps? Just imagine, if that were your grandmother, or your mother, or you, wearing a different human suit.
With only $10, you can purchase meals for 40 people. That's right - Second Harvest can do that.
This exemplary Food Bank feeds thousands of people, distributing meals and groceries to hungry people all over Louisiana.
Imagine all the good you are doing, when you give.
Thank you, Earth Angel.
Onward with love...
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Onward with more calm and Angels,
September 12, 2021
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