“This is our second hot meal in 11 days. The first one was yesterday. We have been living off sandwiches, chips and whatever was in the cabinet so we changed our whole route and day to be here today to get a hot meal. Some of my guys completely lost their place. This is my company, Mike’s Welding. I have a lot of clients in this town and trying to help them clean trees out of yards and remove them from houses. We just jacked a big building up that was collapsing. Everyone has been so nice to each other and there is no mean or bullying. It takes something like this to bring us together.
Families have had to spend time together without the electronics. My nine-year-old daughter hasn’t had her iPhone or iPad but two days into it, she got out her coloring book. This has made her a kid again.”
“I am staying at the back part of my house. It is livable but the rest of my house is destroyed. I haven’t had time to think about it because we have been working from daylight to dark for other people. It is postponing the facts that I am going to have to deal with when I get home. A lot of us are trapped because we don’t have gas. We sat in line at a gas station for four or five hours trying to get fuel. You can’t lay down and die. You have to keep going. I have never seen our community come together like this. Everybody is holding each other up.”