It was remarkable how this week affected me. Since I had been dealing with such petty drama the week prior it was a eye opener to see true problems. This was a city that was flattened for blocks and blocks. I remember the smell. It wasn’t rotten it was just distinct. I noticed it the most when we were working out of a tent in the middle of rubble. The amazing part of this week was how southern hospitality remained intact. I felt like we were constantly being thanked or checked on to make sure WE were comfortable. These people have just witnessed a natural disaster and they were making sure WE were comfortable. I can say that if you plan on donating goods to a disaster be practical. It was hot in Alabama and we were sorting winter jackets. Yes these people have lost everything, but if you could try and wait to send those it would lift a weight off of the people working on site. Salvation Army was also a great presence at the sites. It was so amazing to see the kindness and the generosity. This was a week I will always remember. I learned that I may not be strong but I can still help. And I may not have a perfect life but I have a blessed one.
- Allison Copens