April 2, 2014 | Vol.54 N.14

Oso mudslide brings out charity and compassion

I will admit that I’ve been glued to the news reports regarding the Oso mudslide that took place on Saturday, March 22, as I am sure many of you have.

This devastating tragedy happened at a horrible time, a time when many families are enjoying a relaxing Saturday morning at home.

The shock of the noise and instant mud and water flowing into their homes and literally plowing them over is more than I can comprehend. Those who are left behind are left to deal with the loss of everything but most upsetting the loss of loved ones.

What has been inspiring, however, is the amount of help that has been offered to these victims, rescuers, families and even pets.

I have witnessed countless Facebook friends gathering donations on their own to take to these victims. Restaurants offering to give all of their proceeds to help, hundreds of people showing up to help search through mud and debris for any sign of life or special memento. Monetary donations are pouring in through the American Red Cross and many other resources.

These charitable efforts are endless and honestly have brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion over the past 10 days.

Washingtonians are generous, hard-working people who always step up in their neighbor’s time of need. I know that I am grateful to live in a place where we take care of each other.

There are many questions to be asked including why were homes allowed to be built in a place where landslides are inevitable, how are these families going to continue to pay mortgages on homes that their insurance didn’t cover and no longer exist?

But these questions can wait until a later time when families have put their loved ones to rest and searchers have done all that they can.

Right now we need to continue to assist our neighbors in any way we are able, like we always have and always will.

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