Today was a big day for our group. We arrived early at the All Hands headquarters and were quickly assigned our work groups. From 8-4 we worked to muck and gut, reseal leaky roofs and help local families clean their hurricane-damaged houses. It was a great way to feel how much the storm impacted these people.
Many of us felt connected with the people of the island through conversations and interactions too – tours of the inside of houses, homemade food, warm thank yous from strangers in a local restaurant, appeals for more help. Puerto Rican’s are amazing people. They live in a gorgeous land and have exceptional resolve.
Sometimes this place feels surreal – images of devastation in background and people living their normal lives in the foreground. I imagine many tourists don’t really get the impact of the storm on people. They just see the beauty smudged a little bit. We have been lucky to feel it. It’s incredible.
More updates to come!
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So grateful CCS is there to help the wonderful people who live on the island of Puerto Rico. Their needs have been so ignored by the media because its a problem that is not a “quick fix” for the TV audience. I am sure the food is awesome!!! Look forward to pictures!!