This is a post for The Home Depot Foundation who I love dearly. Every thought, opinion, and experience is all mine.
It is crazy to think that Katrina hit and destroyed much of New Orleans 10 years ago. It doesn't feel like it has been that long. And what is even more crazy is that there are so many places that look like it just happened last week. So many homes and buildings that are still damaged and in disrepair.
Shane and I had the opportunity to see it first hand when we went back there with The Home Depot Foundation to do service projects.
These pictures are of the same house you guys!
It is easy to sit here in my home that is in good repair (if you don't count the many DIY projects sitting here half done) and be comfortable. It is easy to get caught up in being comfortable and forget that there are others that are not as lucky. Helping to repair some of these homes was a sobering reminder. In talking with the homeowners and hearing how grateful they were they not everyone forgot about them made me realize how quickly we do forget. The stories flash on our TVs shortly after they occur and we feel so bad. We ache for them. Then a commercial comes on and we are thinking about stuffed crust pizza. Then the next week a new story dominates the media and the natural disaster and all those affected by it are out of our minds for good. I am grateful that there are companies, brands, and organizations who take on the tough job of rebuilding. I am thankful they do not forget.
Some people lost their homes completely and 10 years later and due to financial restrictions have not been able to rebuild. Shane worked with Habitat to build new homes.
This video shows the people we met and worked with. If you want to re-read Shane's post, it talks about the personal stories of the store managers featured in this clip. They are seriously amazing and I am so glad I got to meet them and see for myself that they were the real deal. Passionate and humble.
I love following Team Depot on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram so I can see pictures of all the different service projects they do all throughout the year. Service for veterans and for victims of natural disasters. It is my daily reminder to find ways to serve.
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