Humanity in a Hurricane

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Controversy, disagreement, violence, and separation have all plagued the United States for the past several months. Saying that this has been a challenging period of time for the United States would be an understatement. In times like these, it can become increasingly difficult to see the good in our country. As social and political tensions grow, the faith we have in one another continues to be destroyed. Basically, the United States seem anything but united.   

And in what was already a troublesome situation, category 4 Hurricane Harvey arrived in the to wreak seven billion dollars worth of havoc in primarily the Houston area of Texas. And this is the estimated total at the time of writing- the damage will likely continue for a considerable amount of time, which could bring the cost of the hurricane to even more astronomical heights. Even worse are the seventy confirmed deaths that have occurred so far as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey.

There are glimmers of hope, however. Though this hurricane will forever be remembered for the terrible tragedies it has brought upon countless families across the country, there have been shining examples that humanity and love still are at the heart of the United States. Countless heroes have stepped up to help those in need in a multitude of ways.

A popular option to help has been to raise and donate money to the relief effort. Many celebrities have chosen this path, such as Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who has raised thirty million dollars to help hand deliver water, food, and other general needs to the people of Houston. But there have also been amazing everyday men and women who have donated whatever they could to many different campaigns, such as the Red Cross and the dozens of smaller funds listed on GoFundMe.

And then there have been those who have actually faced the harsh conditions of Houston to rescue those trapped, to deliver much needed goods like mentioned with JJ Watt. Particularly helpful in the efforts have been men and women in uniform, such as police officers and firefighters. These brave men and women have made it their duty to save each and every person in Houston, and let nothing get in their way while doing so. Deputy Sheriff Bob Goerlitz is the perfect proof of this, as he literally passed out from exhaustion after helping many people find their way to safety.

Deputy Sheriff Bob Goerlitz via Texas Sheriff’s Deputies Facebook page

By no means is Hurricane Harvey the only situation that has brought out such heroism and humanity–we only need to look back a few years prior to other natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy for evidence of this–but there’s something special about this one in particular. In a time where we are so separated, it is refreshing to see that in the hearts of the American people, there is still a willingness to put others before ourselves, regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and everything else.


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Colin Capenito is a 17 year old from Worcester, MA and is a member of the St. Mark’s School Class of 2019. He sees St. Mark’s as a great doorway to many new opportunities. He has been interested in filmmaking and writing ever since he was very young, and is constantly looking for ways to improve his skills in both areas. He plans to get a degree in filmmaking, and hopes to one day be able to move to Hollywood and accomplish his dream of making movies. Some of his other interests include computer science, robotics, baseball, and travelling. He is always looking for new challenges that will shape his future.

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