Happy Friday, y’all! What a week we’ve had here in the South! As y’all know, Hurricane Irma made her US appearance earlier this week. Through all the destruction and pain, however, kindness and humility have again shone brightest. Today’s Friday Favorites will focus on all the good things I’ve seen since Irma.
1. Hometown Heroes
First Baptist Church of Baxley, Georgia (close to my hometown of Lumber City, Georgia), became an Irma Rest Stop. They opened up their church for those passing through to evacuate. They offered food, drinks, and clean restrooms to the Florida and Coastal Georgia evacuees. I couldn’t be more proud to say I’m from this area.
2. The Gainesville Police Department
These fellas provided some much-needed distraction as their photo took over social media this week! These cuties have even inspired a new social media challenge! Go check out Gainesville Police Department on Facebook to see more of this cuteness.
3. A very worthy rescue
4. The amazing Sister Margaret Ann
Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami-Dade County took Irma clean-up into her own hands. She grabbed a chainsaw and went to work in her full habit! It takes every single one doing what we can to make a difference.
5. Thank You
I just want to take this time to say thank you. Hurricane Irma was personal for me. Not only was my current town of Phenix City, Alabama, hit by this storm, but my hometown was, too. Thank you to all of the first-responders, line-workers, and complete strangers who have worked tirelessly to bring normalcy and safety back to my family and community. Some of my friends back home only regained electricity yesterday; some are still without it. But linemen from as far as Mississippi are out–away from their families–working hard to restore power to those rural areas. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you to everyone who checked on my family and friends who offered hot meals and showers, who are cleaning up yards and rooftops for free. Thank you all so much.
The world is such a beautiful place when we all work together to make it so. The cleanup and recovery from Irma will be hard, and it will take time. But through hard work and kindness, all things are possible.