Beyond random acts of kindness

May 16, 2011 in Featured Question of the Week, Question of the Week, What are your thoughts on the Great Flood of 2011? by Bob McBride

Your thoughts on the Great Flood of 2011?

Where and how have you seen Faith in Memphis at work? Some people refer to natural disasters as Acts of God. Where have you seen ‘acts of God’ or faith during this time of trial for the Memphis area?

Last July, my wife, a son and daughter, and I attended a McBride Family reunion outside of Sonoma, California. It was a rustic reunion held in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; the four of us and over 100 aunts, uncles, and cousins, most of whom we only see once every three years or less often. Besides the usual fun and games and family mixers, our extended family took part in a service project. A few family members planned ahead and purchased all the needed materials to put together several hundred hygiene kits to be sent throughout the world as needs arise through the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whenever a disaster strikes, The Church, through the donations of it members, sends needed relief supplies to affected areas. Hygiene Kits are typically consist of personal toiletries such as soap, wash cloths, comb, tooth brush and toothpaste.

Little did I ever expect to see any vestige of these kits in Memphis, Tennessee.  As the Mississippi River flood waters rose two weeks ago, representatives of the American Red Cross called me and asked if The Church would be able to assist them in securing 500 Hygiene Kits and 500 Cleaning Kits.  Cleaning kits are five gallon pails filled with needed supplies to begin the sanitization process of flooded homes. Within an hour, arrangements were made to have the donated product shipped from the Indianapolis, Indiana, storehouse arriving in Memphis just two days later. The cleaning and hygiene kits are now staged in Memphis and awaiting the flood waters to recede; after which they will be distributed to those in need  by representatives of the American Red Cross. Members of local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have offered their services to distribute these kits and help in anyway needed to clean-up after these devastating floods.

I continue to be touched by the unselfish acts of religious congregations, volunteers with the Red Cross , Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, and other organizations, and kind individuals throughout the Mid-South who give countless hours of service and financial donations in helping to alleviate the suffering of so many who have been affected by adverse weather conditions.