As we scroll through countless photos and videos of the aftermath of hurricane Michael, we cannot help but be saddened and empathetic to your current situation. This hurricane has devastated communities across the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of our brothers, sisters, and children have witnessed the destruction of their homes. Fallen trees fill the pathways. Power outages are widespread. Schools are in shambles. Livelihoods are wiped out and quite frankly, dreams are halted. Many evacuated the area and cannot yet return. We have spoken to close friends and family who are afraid. There is a pit in our stomachs and hurt in our hearts for all of you right now!
Being from Campbellton, there are already too many families fighting to survive until the next paycheck. There are too many kids accustomed to being without. Kids are used to being alone at home while momma is working 2 or 3 jobs. Some of you had little to nothing at home already and lost that.
We just wanted to write to say that we recognize and acknowledge your loss and pain. You are a part of our Heart Power/ CHAMP Camp family. You are in our prayers. We are actively trying to find ways to support the relief effort. If you personally need us, do not hesitate to call or email.
I’ve personally travelled throughout a large part of the country. What stands out about you, my home community, is that we are RESOURCEFUL, TOUGH, and CONNECTED. My prayer is that we bond together as we rebuild. This hurricane saw no color, no ethnicity, no social or financial status. I pray that our tomorrow will have the same inclusiveness. I know the world will be watching. Heart Power will be watching.