Residents respond during disasters

Published 7:08 pm Friday, July 6, 2012

The death of Andy Griffith has led many of us to wish for simpler times, our own Mayberry.
But, it’s not the “simpler times” that reveal the “Mayberry” of small-town life; it’s the hard times.
Last Sunday left us with one of those hard times.
We’ve thanked the emergency response personnel, American Red Cross volunteers and power crews who jumped into action at the first report of trouble. But there were other heroes this week.
There were church groups who came to help restore the affected neighborhoods and individuals who could not sit by without lending a hand.
There was the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team who arrived Tuesday, saws in hand.
There was Charles and Joann McCullough who dropped off ice chests full of water and bags of snacks at Springdale Village Monday afternoon.
“When we came by and saw the houses, we just wanted to be a blessing,” Charles McCullough said.
There was schoolteacher Lisa Lee. When she heard reports of the damage in Springdale Village, she recalled a former student lived in that neighborhood. Lee called the student and asked if there was anything she could do to help.
Lee was at the scene Monday, picking up debris.
These are our Helen Crumps and Aunt Beas. Our Floyd Lawsons may not know you by name, but they care just the same. And when you need them most, they will show it.