Americans are always willing to help others in need

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A couple of weeks ago when Hurricane Florence threatened the east coast, my wife called me one morning on her way to work in awe of the hundreds of utility trucks heading east in a mile-long caravan.

This week, as Hurricane Michael hurled toward Florida, I saw dozens if not hundreds of utility trucks parked overnight in Sikeston on their way toward the Gulf coast.

And that sight made me wonder if other nations have a similar level of response and concern and mobilization in the wake of natural disasters.

I fully admit I have zero knowledge of the potential response level in other countries.

I recognize that underdeveloped nations simply lack the resource to address major disasters, which is why the United States often steps in to lend assistance and save lives.

The point of this observation is that for all of the troubles facing our nation and with all of the issues that divide us, we still live in the most compassionate and most equipped and prepared nation in the world.

I think of the men and women who were uprooted from their daily lives this week to travel hundreds and thousands of miles to lend a hand to fellow Americans in desperate need of that help.

I think of the lives saved this week because workers from Kansas and Iowa and Missouri and throughout this great nation answered the call.

No one in need and no one providing this help asked about political affiliation, nor gender, nor race, nor religious belief.

Many of those responding to this disaster will literally put their lives on the line for someone they do not know and probably never will.

But they answered the call from their fellow man in need.

There are very few times it seems when our nation is truly united. And it’s a sad reality that it often takes tragedies to find that uniting bond.

In our current political climate, it’s just a matter of time before some Democrat blames President Trump for this week’s hurricane. It will also give time for Albert “Climate Change” Gore to capture his fifteen minutes in the spotlight.

But for now, let’s forget politics and instead give thanks to those who are working tirelessly to help families recover from the wrath of Mother Nature.

As we sit snuggly in our homes, our neighbors to the south are struggling. Along with the thousands who have come to their aid, the very least we can do is offer a prayer for their recovery.

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