Monday, November 19, 2012

How Do You Spell Relief?

Hurricane Relief.

I don't like that phrase.

Cars, homes, properties - neighborhoods - all gone.
Relief?  There is not much relief for the ocean-torn homes, businesses, and displaced families. But, we do any little bit that we can to try and put a tiny dent in the monstrosity of the catastrophe here in New York.  

I'd like to share a few stories with you.

My husband, Joe, owns a business - a Renewal by Anderson window company. He services all of Long Island, New York City, and Brooklyn.  People in some of these areas are still without power. Joe went out and purchased many generators (he had to send two employees to northern CT to purchase them, as there was none in NY or Long Island to be had).  By doing so, he was able to have the installers install windows in the homes with no electric. He kept all his installation crews working by doing so. Even when he was advised to close the doors for a week or two. Not one of his employees had to sit home and not earn their income. Joe also supplied gasoline (again purchased in northern CT) to all employees so they could come and go to work, thus earning their paychecks. Plus he ordered in an array of hot foods everyday at lunchtime and had all the employees with no electric take the food home with them at the end of the day. His way of making a dent.

One of Joe's installers went to the home of an elderly couple who had no electric and thus no heat. After the installer completed the job, he hooked the generator up to their home so they could have electric and heat. On his own time into the wee hours of the morning, he would stand for hours on the gas lines to purchase some gasoline for this couple's generator, drive it all the way back to them, put the gas in the generator, and checked on the couple to see if they needed anything. He did this over and over until their electric was turned back on. Another dent made.

That is sand this car is buried in. Sand from
the ocean many blocks away.
A woman in my church has a daughter and son-in-law who do not know The LORD. But, on his days off from work, the son-in-law stayed up all night cooking. He then loaded up his van with the food and stenos and drove to Oceanside, a town devastated. (Quite the town name, huh?). He pulled up and just started setting up tables with the stenos and food. People started coming to him, crying. "You are the ONLY person who has come to help us. Thank you." He heard that over and over. Dent.

Water produces mold; therefore EVERYTHING must
be thrown out.
I went to purchase contractor-strength black garbage bags from our local Ace Hardware store. When the clerk asked why I was buying so many, I told her "hurricane relief" work. She became emotional and went and told another clerk. He, in turn, gave me a 10% discount. His way of making a dent.

Dent upon dent, we continue on. I guess that's how you spell relief.

Thank you to all of you who have prayed. Please continue to do so, as it's cold here now in New York. The heat is on in my home 24/7. But, there are still so many who still cannot warm themselves or shower; those who don't even have a couch any longer to sit on. 

We bless God for the opportunities to make dents. We bless God for allowing us the opportunity to be His Hands and Feet. We bless God that He has called us to be dent-makers wherever and whenever we can. 

Because of Him and Unto Him,


This post is linked up to Tell Me A Story


Kim said...

The love of Jesus Christ in action. Amen.

Diane Ronzino said...

Yes, dent at a time! So glad you came by! Thanks for commenting!

TC Avey said...

Thank you for reminding us all that there is still a need...there's always a need somewhere. Together we can make dents that spell relief.

joy said...

Bless you all there for doing such a good deeds. Yes, there many ways we can help others, we just have to open our eyes.
Have a blessed week Diane

Floyd said...

The people making a "dent" are the face of God to the ones in need. I'm moved by the stories and the service of heart. I'm praying for those in the area... May they find our Father in the troubled times.

A Joyful Noise said...

May God reward both you and Joe for your labor of love, and for all those who are also sacrificing to help make those dents in this disaster.

Diane Ronzino said...

TC, you are so right - there are always needs, somewhere. And The Holy Spirit would be quick to point them out to us, if we only ask Him to. Thanks for coming by!

Diane Ronzino said...

Yes, Joy, open our eyes and our ears to The Holy Spirit's promptings.

So many needs all over this planet...

Diane Ronzino said...

Floyd, that is my exact prayer for victims! There truly is nothing else to pray but that. Thank you for standing in the gap!

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you for your kind words, Hazel. There are so many, many stories like these. Only the news doesn't report them. We are just a "dent" in the "dent"...

A Joyful Noise said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story at Tell Me a Story!

Betty said...

I like that, making a dent, not as overwhelming if you think of helping that way. What a blessing you and Joe have been to so many. God bless you both for being so willing to give. Happy Thanksgiving.

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you for your kind words, my dear Betty. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!