Hurricane Harvey struck the south on Thursday, August 17 and ended on Sunday, September 3. This natural disaster destroyed homes and took away many lives. The states of Texas and Louisiana were the most affected areas of this disaster, with over 70 deaths and caused nearly $40 billion of damage.
Many people responded to the tragedy by posting things on social media and some celebrities donated money. There were also those who wanted to do more than that.
Junior Stuart Milton and his dad, Dave Milton, took notice of Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian International Relief organization, and took the initiative to help out in Victoria, Texas.
Stuart and Dave headed to Victoria on October 20 and came back October 27.
"I thought it was time to go help people. To help them out as much as we could," said Stuart.
The pair helped clean up the disaster and assemble supplies.
"We were assigned work teams and went to residences that were damaged and potentially dangerous if not removed. We tarped roofs that were damaged. We would tear out drywall, insulation and anything the homeowner could not manage. We would then pray with them and present them with a Bible from Samaritan's Purse," said Dave.
Dave mentioned that Samaritan's Purse lodged and fed them during their stay there while a local church donated their gym and fellowship hall for sleep and meals.
Stuart and Dave's help influenced them both in the way they currently live their lives.
"The fact that we have been blessed with so much and we often forget that others are suffering disasters all around us. It opened my eyes to my own selfish desires and the fact that we are called to help others in need even when we don't necessarily have what we want. We are always given what we need," said Dave.