This was such an awesome and humbling opportunity to serve. Most people
can't grasp the complete devastation in areas like the Rockaways. This was
so far beyond the communities' ability to respond with every single home
being affected. Every car in the area, every boiler and electrical panel were
all ruined. Businesses and homes alike were completely destroyed by water or
fire. The area is home to many retirees and elderly who would otherwise have no
way to get back on their feet. Just being able to give people some hope in the
face of such destruction was worthwhile. I feel we are just learning the power
of this kind of service.
Our ward sent 48 youth and adults to work Sunday in the Rockaways. It was a
privilege to work with the homeowners who displayed such resilience. We also
were fortunate to have 4 Elders working with us, especially in helping to spray
a bleach-water mixture to help control mold in areas that were just cleaned of
debris. Everyone was amazing. True joy in service. Unfortunately, so much work
is needed for these folks to be able to live in their homes again.