Calling All Angels

I was reading an article by Joe Biden entitled “We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of this Nation”, He was reflecting on a time in 1968 in Wilmington, DE after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. There are 2 lines that stayed with me. The first at the beginning of the article,“…..when it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone.  It’s shadowed by a long trail of violence and hate.” Makes one think of all the divisiveness that exists in this country.  The second at the end of the article, “Because if there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down”.  

Started me thinking about 9-11 and all the first responders.  People who had no regard for their own safety or health repercussions but instead headed into the wreckage to save lives.  No divisive lines were drawn, all lives were worthy of rescue.  My brother was one of these responders. He was not a policeman, fireman, nor EMT.  He had no training in rescue. He was a mason working in Brooklyn, who followed his instinct to save lives.

Moving forward to Harvey, there is an outpouring of heroic stories:

This one was posted on Facebook.

Jorge Perez – confirmed dead.

Yahir Vizueth – confirmed dead.

Benjamin Vizueth – missing.

Gustavo Rodriguez-Hernandez – missing.

The four men listed above took it upon themselves to rescue families in distress. After two missions, they headed out again and their boat drifted into a downed power line, electrocuting them and sending them into the swirling currents. Two of them were brothers, a third brother survived as did two journalists on board documenting these acts of quiet heroism.

These men were fathers and husbands. Their loss leaves holes in many lives. In our current fractured climate, there are some who would look at their ethnicity, their last names, the fact that they spoke Spanish and say they are not one of us, not part of our nation.

But in a time of need no one asked for their papers.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday offered to provide “all the help that can be provided” in response to the devastation now-Tropical Storm Harvey is unleashing on Texas.

“The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and reports that we have offered the US government all the help and cooperation that can be provided by the different Mexican governmental agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty,” the statement reads.

Texas Governor, Greg Abbot, formally accepted much needed storm assistance from Mexico, even assuring the country’s government that undocumented residents would not be bothered by the president’s deportation force.

“To unauthorized immigrants seeking shelter from Harvey’s devastation, [Mexico’s undersecretary for North American relations Carlos Sada] said: ‘Don’t be afraid to come out. There is no deportation operation underway. We have the assurance of Gov. Abbott and the mayor of Houston.’

Did you know that in 2005, Mexico sent 200 troops and 45 military vehicles to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Katrina? Their efforts resulted in the distribution of more than 184,000 tons of supplies, as well as hundreds of medical consultations and a reported 170,000 prepared meals. Mexico also sent aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and regularly sends a crew of bomberos — considered among the best in the world — to provide aid fighting major wildfires and to help with environmental concerns.”

The Mayor of West Orange NJ, Robert Parisi, has reached out to the Mayor of West Orange TX, Roy McDonald. There is a fund set up called “MAYOR’S SUNSHINE FUND for NJ residents to assist their fellow “West Orange” Texas residents who are struggling with the storm’s aftermath.

Here’s one of my favorite stories:

HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN) – Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is known for his wacky commercials and promotional stunts. His latest feat? Turning his massive Houston-area furniture stores into shelters for those fleeing flooding. More than 600 people were able to curl up on showroom chairs, sofas and beds and get some much needed sleep after two Gallery Furniture locations were opened. Aside from a warm, dry place to stay, Jim McIngvale is outfitting everyone who comes by with clean clothes, food and water. As flood victims poured in, McIngvale sent out a team with delivery trucks to pick up those who still hadn’t made it out of danger, broadcasting his personal cell phone number on Facebook and asking anyone in trouble to give him a call.

Here at CQ fluency, one of our own, Oubono Correa is living in Houston Texas. This is what she has to say. “The past week has been a trying time for all Houstonians. Thousands of families displaced, broken, afraid and feeling initially helpless. Yet, there was that glimmer of hope that could not allow us to be defeated. First responders, police officers, civilians and even out of State good-hearted individuals joined forces to HELP us in our time of need and that regardless of color, immigration status or social-economic background. God heard our cry and rescued us! It is now time to re-build and commit to make HOUSON-STRONG again.”

It’s true, hope does not travel alone. It has been shadowed by violence and hate, but it is also lighted by perseverance and determination and as Oubono said good-hearted individuals. Joe Biden reminds us of President Lincoln’s challenge to embrace the “better angels of our nature”.

So please join CQ fluency in our call to all angels.  If you are considering a donation, please take a look at Charity Navigator for a list of reputable charities providing assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  

 

And now to the song in my head  –  Calling All Angels by Train.

“I want a reason for the way things have to be
I need a hand to help build up some kind of hope inside of me                                                                               And I’m calling all angels
I’m calling all you angels”

 

About the author: Denise Bueti is the Accounting Manager at CQ fluency. She has numerous years of experience from an entrepreneurial background in the Entertainment and Education industry.