I spent a lot of the weekend volunteering in the wake of the tornadoes. On Saturday, TCR went to Garywook Baptist Church in Hueytown. It's the coordinating site of Convoy of Hope and Samaritan's Purse. We came armed with all things BBQish. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs to feed the army of volunteers when they returned from the field that night. It felt nice to do something but I just didn't feel like I'd done enough.
On Sunday, a group of us went back to volunteer with the Convoy of Hope group. They take basic necessity donations (water, trash bags, first aid, etc.) and organize them. Then, people who are willing to drive their SUVs and trucks out into the affected areas are loaded to the hilt with supplies. Volunteers such as myself are put in any vehicle with an open seat. The vehicles are then sent out in a convoy. I found myself in a truck with a brother and sister team, Bruce and Joy. We drove through the streets of Pleasant Grove. Joy and I rode on the tailgate and we offered people whatever we had. I have absolutely never seen anything like it. Seeing someone's house with the front wall missing and looking into their life was haunting. Entire blocks, where there had clearly been a booming cluster of homes were devoid of any signs of any structure. Brick staircase that once went to someone's front door, now lead into empty space.
I really want to go back and volunteer with the Samaritan's Purse organization later this week! They're sending out teams to help with the actual cleanup effort.