The 2017 hurricane season has been disastrous for the U.S. and Caribbean. Entire islands were decimated and miles of Houston saw flooding that reached as high as traffic signals in some areas. As more tales of tragedy emerge, we’re all looking for a silver lining. In fact, during times like these we are reminded of this infamous Mr. Rogers quote:
“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
And that’s what we’re going to do. Check out the following uplifting stories from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Hand-in-hand these incredible people worked together to lead those in need through the flood waters and into safety.
“No beloved pictures… all gone,” was a description of the devastating loss from the hurricanes, shared by Justin Timberlake during the #HandInHand Hurricane Benefit Concert telethon.
An entire community that included “family members, friends, coworkers and waves of perfect strangers,” flocked to an elderly woman’s home to repair Hurricane Harvey damage. This included trying to save nearly 2,500+ vintage family print photos.
When the call for help came through, this inspiring couple put off their planned wedding and opted for something more intimate—and heroic.
This amazing young man used quick thinking to rescue 17 of his neighbors who didn’t know how to swim during the flooding.
A Florida nun was spotted pitching in with the Hurricane Irma relief efforts. It’s not every day you see a nun with a chainsaw—and it’s an amazing sight to see.
While things may seem bleak right now, it’s important to keep hope alive by focusing on the bright side, and celebrating the helpers. And while staying positive is needed in times like these, remembering the importance of prevention is vital, too. Be sure to take this time to prepare for natural disasters—you never know when the next one might strike.
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