Help, Hope, and Healing

August 30, 2017 |

“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Mr. Rogers

Today, water and tears seem in endless supply. People are hurting. So many have lost so much. Others don’t yet know what they’ve lost. We all are desperate for the floods to end, and yet we know nature’s storms don’t fully disappear; they linger as personal storms.

How do we come to terms with these stories of tragedy and heartbreak? With stories of neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers, Texans helping Texans.

There are so many articles, search results, and social media posts available about organizations to support and items to donate. We simply wanted to add to that an image, a visual sentiment, that tells a story about helping, about sacrifice, and service to those who are hurting.

Texas Principal Called Up to Serve

Jorge Franco is the principal of Farley Middle School in Hutto ISD and a Raise Your Hand alumnus. He also is a captain in the Army National Guard. He was called up to join other disaster response volunteers in Houston. On his way out the door, Captain Franco shared a moment of salute with his daughter, then took his leave.

There are thousands of stories like this. Stories of recreational boaters transforming into rescuers. Families opening their homes to the newly homeless. Schools offering shelter to the masses. Police officers, firefighters, military service members, businesses and organizations, donors of all kinds answering the call … helpers, all of them. So many helpers.

In the wake of devastation, help however you can. And when you are in a position of needing help, and you feel like there isn’t anything but darkness ahead, look for the helpers. They’re there. They’re always there.

View heartfelt responses to these photos of Principal Franco on our Facebook post.

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