Editor: I live in the Redbird Creek subdivision in South Bryan County that was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Matthew. Many trees were toppled and quite a few ended up on homes, including my own. Needless to say, we came home to a large mess and huge cleanup. While my son and I were clearing our driveway of a downed tree, two gentlemen came up and offered to help. They introduced themselves as members of the Georgia Baptist Convention Disaster Relief organization, and they immediately took out two chain saws and helped us clear our driveway. They then left to help others down our street, but not before telling us they would be back to help us clear some of our other trees that needed to be cut down.
In the coming days, I saw their yellow shirts throughout our area, always providing much needed assistance. And true to their word, they came back two days later with at least a dozen of their members to help us cut down a tree and move the debris to the road for later pickup.
I can’t begin to describe how much help they were to our family, as well as many others throughout our neighborhood. In these extremely divisive times in which we live, it was so refreshing to see these people coming to the aide of others. They didn’t care one bit about the politics, ethnicity or religion of any of the people they were helping. They only saw people in need that could use their help.
I am not sure if these folks are still in our area. Some undoubtedly have jobs of their own to which they need to return. But if you happen to see them in their yellow shirts, please take a moment to thank them for all the hard work they have done in the Richmond Hill area. Also, please consider making a donation to their organization at http://missiongeorgia.org/georgia-disaster-relief/.
Only through the financial generosity of others can these fine men and women stand ready to face the next natural disaster, wherever that may be, and help those unfortunate souls that will undoubtedly need their assistance. May God bless each and every one of them.