After so much heavy rain, something finally gave and the Chehalis/Centralia WA area (just 70 miles south of us) experienced massive flooding. The result was similar to what we all saw happen with Katrina, but on a much smaller scale. Still, for those affected, it was a disaster.
We first started cleaning out his shed, which was completely flooded. The inside of it looked like a tornado had passed through with even the heaviest objects tipped upside down. It's amazing what water can do.
Here's a pick of his house with a pile of garbage in front. All the streets affected by the floods were lined with huge piles of garbage waiting to be taken away.
I was really glad to have had the opportunity to go down and help those in need. It was a very rewarding experience and now I have a sense of how the church organizes these efforts.
The following Monday the moms and kids got together and made some blankets for the children who lost their blankets in the flood. A second grade teacher down in the flooded area asked some of her students what they wanted for Christmas and all they wanted was a new blanket, because theirs was lost in the flood. The teacher was able to give those kids blankets, and they hugged them and buried their noses in them. Soon they found that some many kids in the area needed blankets, so the church was contacted and a Relief Society President asked several stakes in the area to donate blankets for "Operation Blankie". A friend of ours coordinated an after school activity where she invited many moms and kids over to cut and tie fleece blankets. It was a great experience for both the kids and the moms. In a little over 2 hours we tied 35 blankets.