With Hurricane Harvey devastating part of Texas and now moving northeast through Louisiana and Mississippi, towards Tennessee and Kentucky, it’s important we band together to help those affected by tragedy. Although not an Alpha Delta Pi, Fred Rogers – more affectionately known as Mister Rogers, shared some key advice on dealing with tragedy.
“There was something my mother did that I’ve always remembered: ‘Always look for the helpers,’ she’d tell me. ‘There’s always someone who is trying to help.’ I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors, and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.”
So many of our sisters were impacted by disaster and are trying to pick up the pieces. You can be the helper. You can make a difference.
Whether it’s calling to check in on a sister or inviting her to stay with you to escape the storm, you can be a helper. Whether you support the Clasped Hands Fund, an emergency grant for our alumnae sisters in need, or the many Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) directly affected by the storm, you can be a helper. Whether it’s sending a care package to one of our chapter houses or wish list items to any of the impacted RMHC’s, you can be a helper. Whether it’s dropping off canned food, donating blood, or making a donation of any amount, you can be a helper.
The Ronald McDonald House of Houston shared earlier this week, “We are fortunate that during the storm, our 50 bedroom Holcombe House maintained electricity, clean water, food provisions and laundry service with no damaging floodwaters. Because of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and Texas Medical Center partners, we were able to safely continue serving our families, and the children staying with us received the medical care they needed.”
One of our Houston sisters shared on her Facebook page, “The line between the rain and my tears is kind of blurry right now. But…my faith is restored in the compassion of humanity that knows no geography, race or gender…Houston does not know the word ‘stranger.’ I have a new definition of ‘hero’ – believe me, folks, they are the neighbors, colleagues, everyday people all around us, and they have ‘fire in their bellies’ that defines the spirit of Houston. I want to put my hands and heart and resources to work. I hope you will also. Each of you who has reached out, prays, asks how you can help is making a difference, so keep on. Tomorrow is another day, and we must carry on.”
Look for the helpers and more importantly, be the helper. We live for each other.