I’m in Houston for Thanksgiving with my family. It’s my first time here since Hurricane Harvey flooded Friendswood. I helped my sister coordinate volunteers after the flood. She had people making meals/delivering food, doing laundry, driving carpools, ripping out floors and drywall, babysitting kids... it was amazing to see how this community pulled together. Of course, I only saw it in a Google doc from Iowa. She wanted to take me around to see some of the flood houses she went to so I could see the people we helped. It was emotional to say the least. 3 months later and many homes still have trash outside, they’re living in the trailers in the driveway because the house is not livable. And many are stuck here living like this waiting for FEMA to provide money to relocate/rebuild.
If you’re spending Thanksgiving with your family and you have a roof over your head, be grateful. Give thanks for what you have. Remember to continue to donate and help these folks in Houston. Most people have moved on and forgot about Harvey but these folks haven’t. They don’t have that privilege.