Volunteers from our area are all home after serving those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The Salvation Army of Amarillo sent 11 volunteers shortly after Hurricane Harvey impacted the Houston area.
Walter Roa, was one of the firsts to arrive.
“When we arrived, people just lit up, their faces, their smiles, it was amazing, you could feel God’s presence there,” said Roa.
Sharon McCarty volunteered to go to Houston so she could see first hand what the people there were experiencing.
“It is one thing to see it on the news but to see it face to face it is heartbreaking and devastating and it makes you grateful, grateful for anybody and anything you have in your life because you know it could be taken at any moment,” said McCarty.
The volunteers helped by providing water, Gatorade, and warm meals to those impacted by the storm.
Roa tells us the first meal he handed out to victims made a big difference.
“The first day we got out there, we served nachos and you would think those nachos were gold because people loved them. They were still talking about them the day we left,” said Roa.
Roa and McCarty say seeing the devastation was life changing but they were also able to see positive changes and build lifelong relationships.
“When we first got in there it was kind of devastating but we were lucky and able to stay with the same neighborhood for the whole two week duration I was there so by the end of it we were able to see a lot of people coming together and cleaning up the neighborhood so it was an awesome experience,” added McCarty.
Donations are still being accepted to help everyone impacted by the storm.
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