Faces Out of the Flood

By Shannon Henderson Published on August 30, 2017

The face of Harvey is not one of destruction; it’s one of compassion. The evidence piles up with each passing moment, like the mountains of donated clothes and goods building up at collection points across the country.

A couple weeks back, we were wondering if we had completely forgotten how to love our neighbor. How distant those fears seem now.

These photos are a declaration: As high as the waters may rise, the human spirit is rising even higher.

 

Dean Mize (R) helps an evacuee from an airboat after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Dean Mize, right, helps an evacuee from an airboat after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

 

Volunteer Dustin Langley, who lives two hours North of Houston and came down with a friend to volunteer, helps a family to their escape their flooded apartment in Kingwood, Texas. They placed them on their boat and took them to safety.

Volunteer Dustin Langley, who lives two hours North of Houston and came down with a friend to volunteer, helps a family to their escape their flooded apartment in Kingwood, Texas. They placed them on their boat and took them to safety.

 

People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on Aug. 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

 

 81-year-old Ramona Bennett hugs Texas Army National Guard members Sergio Esquivel after she and other residents were rescued from their flooded mPine Forest Village neighborhood due to high water from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

81-year-old Ramona Bennett hugs Texas Army National Guard members Sergio Esquivel after she and other residents were rescued from their flooded Pine Forest Village neighborhood due to high water from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

 

Steve Culver cries with his dog Otis as he talks about what he said was the, 'most terrifying event in his life,' when Hurricane Harvey blew in and destroyed most of his home while he and his wife took shelter there on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas.

Steve Culver cries with his dog Otis as he talks about what he said was the, ‘most terrifying event in his life,’ when Hurricane Harvey blew in and destroyed most of his home while he and his wife took shelter there on Aug. 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas.

 

People walk to a Harris County Sheriff air boat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

People walk to a Harris County Sheriff air boat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

 

US President Donald Trump holds the state flag of Texas outside of the Annaville Fire House after attending a briefing on Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 29, 2017. President Donald Trump flew into storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday in a show of solidarity and leadership in the face of the deadly devastation wrought by Harvey -- as the battered US Gulf Coast braces for even more torrential rain.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds the state flag of Texas outside of the Annaville Fire House after attending a briefing on Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on Aug. 29, 2017. President Donald Trump flew into storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday in a show of solidarity and leadership in the face of the deadly devastation wrought by Harvey β€” as the battered U.S. Gulf Coast braces for even more torrential rain.

 

People board a Harris County Sheriff airboat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

People board a Harris County Sheriff airboat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

 

Rising flood waters stranded hundreds of residents of Twin Oaks Village in Clodine, Texas, where a collection of small boat owners coordinated to bring most to dry ground.

Rising flood waters stranded hundreds of residents of Twin Oaks Village in Clodine, Texas, where a collection of small boat owners coordinated to bring most to dry ground.

 

If you haven’t already, please consider helping the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey. LIFE Outreach International, the parent organization of The Stream, is collecting donations here. The Red Cross is also collecting monetary gifts and blood. See here for more ways to help.

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