By Maria Leon

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that works to provide disaster relief to people around the world. We heard about the opportunity to serve in Key West through Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale. The first service we attended at the Chapel was the week immediately following Hurricane Irma and we felt it was our responsibility to help those affected by Irma.

We were designated to work in Big Pine Key, which is one part of the Keys that was hit the hardest. Miles of homes were destroyed, and many of the remaining belongings sustained significant water damage. While we were there, we assisted a homeowner by cleaning out her garage, sorting important belongings, and other physical tasks such as tarping the garage, tearing out drywall, and removing flooring to help prepare her lot for a new home. We also provided emotional and spiritual support to the homeowner and her family.

It was eye-opening to see the destruction throughout all of the Keys and how it impacted the people who reside there. It is easy to get caught up in our everyday lives with school, so we were very grateful to have the opportunity to travel there to serve.

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Source:: NSU News