I arrived at 11:30 am on Sunday at Rock Eagle and left at 5:10 am Monday
morning, helping out. I made beds for 5 hours and drove a golf cart for 11
hours with some other odds and ends thrown in between. I heard and saw some
of the saddest things I've ever seen in my life. I was amazed at the mostly
thankful attitudes of the people.
Many of them had been plucked off of rooftops that very day, the majority by
helicopter, some rescued by boats - put on a bus, taken to the airport, put
on another bus, and then onto a golf cart with me. Many did not have any
idea where they were.
Some had absolutely nothing. One man was carrying a box of crackers, that
was all. There was a 2 month old baby named Junior. There was a Spanish
speaking family - Roger, their teenage son road in my cart. He only new a
few words in English, but he said "this place good".
Three elderly woman, one named Anna, formed a friendship. They all 3 were
obviously the type of women who have a spotless house. One of them was all
alone in life, her husband deceased and her kids "gone" (I offered her my
phone to call someone, but she didn't have anyone to call). She told me
about how she had been on every mode of transportation known all in one day.
We're going down the road to her cabin and she was saying "WOO! This is
FUN!" She was laughing. Happy to be alive, and getting some help.
I took one man who had been in the Superdome for 3 days. He told me he was
next to one of the men who committed suicide. I told him that must have
been horrible to see, his response was "if you live in New Orleans, you just
get desensitized to things". He also told me of the bodies he had seen
floating in the water. That was another common theme most of us drivers
heard, the bodies floating.
One man had been found in his attic. He had been flat on his back since
Monday, not enough room to stand up, but the only dry spot he had.
I was so busy for so many hours that I didn't have time to do much thinking,
but now that it is sinking in, I can't help but cry.
I'm so tired, but I wouldn't change it for a thing.
If you can't do much, do SOMETHING, those people need it.