20 trillion gallons of water have poured down on Texas in the last week as a result of Hurricane Harvey, damaging or destroying over 49,000 homes and claiming the lives of at least 63 people.
Thousands of individuals, families, and their pets have required rescue from their own flooded homes and communities, leaving behind everything they own never to see again. Others are still missing.
It’s hard when we see these stories on the news as we feel grief about the suffering the hurricane has caused. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much we can do. We reflect on the things that are dear to us and feel sad about the thought of ever losing them to something like a natural disaster. But those are also the feelings that lead us to step up and help those less fortunate whom we’re grieving for.