I went over to the hotel around noon to volunteer. It’s amazing what word of mouth and the internet can do. What they didn’t expect was the TONS of people who would hear about it and the TONS of items that would be donated. It was absolutely incredible.
The hotel was overflowing, the parking lot, the side of the road in front of the hotel, the front of the office building next store, the entire 6th floor of that building….if there was ever any doubt about the kindness and generosity of people, this should restore your faith in mankind.
There were so many amazing stories and so much gratitude from those in need of the most basic of things. I really would have loved to have taken pictures, but just couldn’t make myself do it. These people have been through so much. And have so much more to go through. It just didn’t seem right to be flashing my camera in their faces. Yet another reason why I could never be a photojournalist.
By 9pm, I didn’t have an ounce of energy left, and even though there was still more to be done, I had to call it a night and go home. It was a great experience though, and I’m glad I went.