Hurricane victims need more than just money

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In times of great national and international disaster, no single country gives anymore in aid than the United States. We’re very charitable and compassionate people. Money isn’t everything though, and I think it’s important to rediscover that.

We all have busy lives, but there are truckers dropping everything to take supplies down to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Red Cross is sending lots of its available manpower there. Law enforcement and other first responders are organizing item drives. Churches and other religious institutions are adopting families until homes get rebuilt.

For those of you who may not know, I am an Eagle Scout. Volunteering and being a good citizen are central tenants to Scouting. In a perfect world, there would be enough volunteers to at least begin the rebuilding process in short order. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and I don’t believe it’s the case now. They need us: our bodies, laughs, and spirit.

Whatever political affiliation, race, religion, or economic class, they are our brethren. I’m not asking you to love them or to drop everything you’re doing at the moment to be some sort of volunteer hero. What I am asking is, if you can, send more than money. Send yourself.

We as a country send our very best in the wake of disasters to wherever they are welcome and needed. The Mexican government has already sent in their Marines to help out the victims, just like they did after Hurricane Katrina. We owe it not just to ourselves, but our fellow citizens, to be the comfort and light that they need in this awful moment of their lives. My faith tells me  we are all children of God, with the same worth as everyone else, and an old hymn has the line “Send me, Lord, send me.”