Wednesday, I drove to work thinking about how people were using their gifts and professions to help those impacted by Katrina. Paramedics going to help with search and rescue, fishermen going to man boats, the list goes on and on. I longed to have a profession or a gift that could help. About a half hour into work the calls started coming in. College students in need of a place to go to school. That I can help with since my job is to help students get into school. Now, I realize this is not a basic need, but some of them are longing so much to get back into a routine and this will help them do that. Most of the schools in Texas have been trying to make accommodations for these students. The last two days have been busy, but tomorrow will be even more so because all of the students we’ve talked to in the last two days who choose to attend our school will show up for registration. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help and hope to do much more to help the approximately 100,000 people who are now stranded in Houston, at the Astrodome and beyond. It will take the help of many from all over the world to assist these people to return to some semblance of a normal life, it will likely never again be life as they knew it.
It’s nice to be able to help in some way. And these students are going to be SO grateful so get a routine, like you said. I can’t imagine what they are feeling right now.
A knitting friend here in town has a son impacted by Katrina. He finally made it home. Ended up driving fellow students to their homes on his way. The parents where so happy they wouldn’t let him leave each time without spending the night and filling him up with food.
Good luck to all the new students.
Everyone is doing their part…and I think yours is very significant. Young people, especially, who have seldom–if ever–witnessed such tragedy first hand…I am glad you are there to help.
That is a great way to help, Sarah. It helps people get back to that sense of normalcy and eases their nerves. It will also help them rebuild their lives through education.
I think that is so great. I was just thinking of all those displaced college students the other day. School and routine is very important and I think it is commendable that you your school is helping to accomodate in the face of this tradegy. Every kindness helps!