Those who wanted to help pulled chairs up to a community table that stretched for two blocks down
They had purchased
The result: Heaping plates of barbecue,
"I think it's been a long week for all of us," said
"What a sight to see," McFarlane said.
"I think it's healing for us as a city when we are very divided about so many things right now," McFarlane added. "This is neighbors coming together to help our neighbors."
The proceeds from the 1,000 tickets, which sold out in four days, will go to the
More than 100,000 buildings and countless farms were damaged from the storm's heavy rains and devastating flooding.
While the state does not track the number of homes damaged, the
Volunteers are needed to help "rip and strip" the homes of the moldy, mildewed and "dangerous morass" that stewed and simmered in the floodwaters.
Then homes need to be rebuilt while residents stay in hotels or other temporary housing. Churches in the flooded areas have been alternating among themselves to take meals to hotels where the displaced residents are staying.
The needs are many -- clothing, household supplies, food, and financial and emotional support.
"Don't be put off if you don't have the skills to rebuild a house," Huffman said. "Volunteering is only bound by our imagination."
Up and down
People frustrated by a political season where civility seemed unimportant found a new calm and energy beyond the din.
"Despite all this tension our country has had over the past weeks, it's nice for everybody to come together," said
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