OPINION: Volunteers step up to help victims of Harvey

By Julio Sanchez

On August 25 the world stood in  disbelief as they saw a major US city be the ultimate victim of Hurricane Harvey.

The tragedy that happened in Houston has caused a great deal of pain and suffering to its residents. Streets, homes, buildings, cars, and freeways have been engulfed in water which has resulted in many leaving their homes with whatever they could carry.

Then that is only if they were prepared to make such an immediate exit and could afford to make it out of the city until the water receded.

Unfortunately, not everybody had the opportunity to make it out of the city.

They now enter the new world of tragedy and despair while being forced to find a solution to the unbearable two-worded question, “what now?”

Did the parents pretend to be strong in this horrid time for their children or did they let their confused, disbelief get the best of them?

Luckily, there are people and organizations that will do whatever it takes to aide those in need of help and give them some type of reassurance that everything will get better in due time.

At least in the midst of all the disaster, there are still good souls out there trying to be the beacon of hope in this world.

In the days following the hurricane in Houston, people from all around the country have taken the initiative to help those who need it by donating food, water, clothes, and their time.

Hundreds of volunteers and supplies have been making a positive impact to the lives of so many people and                                                                               will continue to do so as long as people keep wanting to be a part of the change that this world desperately needs.

Organizations like Houston Humane Society, Best Friends Animal Society, and Houston ASPCA are just few of the many highly qualified groups that focus on helping animals that have been hurt, displaced, malnourished, or in need of shelter due to Hurricane Harvey.

Other organizations like Houston Food Bank, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund focus on helping people that need help with getting proper physical and mental treatments, as well as materials needed to stay healthy and safe.

These organizations make sure that animals and people get proper care as soon as possible.

Those lucky enough to escape and stay safe until the day they return, if they ever do, are the fortunate.

Tomorrow is never promised and Hurricane Harvey reminded the world of how true that is after taking the lives of at least 70 people and damaged more than 100,000 homes.

As of now, it seems like the world is heading for a serious change in atmosphere.

With a major tragedy being followed by an even worse catastrophe, there is no way to know just how bleak the future will get.

What is known is that the work, progress, and accomplishments that happen when people unite and care for one another is nothing short of amazing.

Only when love conquers hate will we be able to come together to make this world a more beautiful place for all.

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