Help for Florida Flood Victims
PENSACOLA, Fl., May 29, 2014 – When Marjorie woke to hear the sound of water sloshing as her dog paced the hallway, she knew something was terribly wrong.
Their Florida home was quickly filling with flood water after unprecedented storms dumped roughly two feet of rain in a single day. Marjorie rushed to pull her young twins out of bed and get them to safety, but there was nothing she could do to save her belongings.
The next day, Marjorie and her husband spent the entire day trying to rid their home of standing water, and they worried that without flood insurance, they wouldn't be able work fast enough to prevent mold from occurring.
"We kept asking each other, 'What's the first thing we need to do?'" Marjorie said. "Whenever we started thinking too far ahead, like about tearing out drywall and replacing what we were going to lose, we just got overwhelmed and started crying."
Soon, a team from Operation Blessing visited her community—ready to help families just like hers. The team of disaster relief workers and volunteers worked quickly to help Marjorie and her husband remove damaged drywall, furniture, carpets and more.
"It was amazing to watch the Operation Blessing volunteers," said Marjorie. "They just came in, and in an instant the whole wall was gone. That would have taken us weeks."
Marjorie, a U.S. Navy veteran, was delighted to learn that the volunteers at her house were active duty sailors, giving up their Saturday to help her out.
"They don't know what an impact they're making," Marjorie said. "They just can't understand. I feel so blessed."
Operation Blessing staff and volunteers—including many from a nearby Navy base—have been working in Pensacola since shortly after the storm passed through, helping the elderly, disabled and uninsured begin the process of recovery.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help by making an online donation toward CBN’s Operation Blessing International’s disaster relief efforts. With your support, we can continue to provide emergency relief and recovery. Please make an online donation today.
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