To Have a Big Impact – Think Small

Hurricane Harvey: Notes from the Storm

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the needs in our community as we all face the task of helping clean up and rebuild after the storm that hit our community. It is important to remember that –  just like a quilt is made of small pieces of cloth – each act of help and kindness add up to create a beautiful quilt of caring and comfort. No one person can take care of all the needs in our community. But just because we can’t do everything doesn’t mean that we can’t do something; and every little bit helps.
To manage feelings of being overwhelmed focus on small things that you can do:
  • Bring a meal to someone who needs one
  • Help someone clean up a storm damaged home
  • If your home was spared damage, think about donating unused clothes or household goods to help a neighbor start to rebuild
  • Be a shoulder to cry on
  • Listen when someone needs to vent
  • And when you are too tired to help, get some rest so that you can get back to helping when you can
Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
You are more powerful than you feel right now and whatever you are doing to help – it matters.
Thank you to each of you who are helping to bring hope and healing to our community.

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