I remember a movie that came out a few years ago. It was about Helen of Troy and the Trojan war and all that stuff. In the climactic battle, thousands of troops stand on a beach as the invading army storms ashore. Those soldiers bracing for the assault stood their ground and were slaughtered.
Although it was a movie, I marveled at what it must take to train men to stand and fight in such situations. Me? I’d be running.
Whether it was that war or the many others that have been fought throughout human history, it’s pretty amazing. I think about the Civil War and how hundreds of thousands of soldiers would charge the other side under a fusillade of gun fire and cannon fire and keep going as the soldiers around them were hit and fell to the ground. World War I with its trench warfare and chemical warfare and days and weeks and months of stalemate across muddy, miserable battlefields. The patrols in the Vietnam countryside. IEDs in Iraq. It’s a mystery to me how soldiers can be trained to do this.
And so it goes also with first responders. The men and women who rush into our nation’s disasters without concern for their own safety.
I marvel at how they can do it. These people truly are heroes.
The police officers, firefighters, and health care professionals who lost their homes in Paradise but who are still working to help others. The first responders who think nothing of any of this and risk their own lives to save people and stop the fires and do all of the things they do. They are heroes, just as our soldiers are.
When our neighborhoods are threatened, when our communities are at risk, when entire towns, cities, states, and more are threatened by fire, hurricanes, floods, and more, first responders do what many of us cannot. They stand their ground, they rush in, they … they are heroes.
I made a donation today to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. My son volunteered there on Wednesday. They are caring for 800 animals that had to be abandoned by their owners.
Next up is a donation to an organization that is helping the disabled who have been impacted by the Camp Fire.
After that, there is a fundraising effort set up to help Chico State students who have been impacted by the Camp Fire.
And finally, I hope to find an organization that is set up specifically to help the first responders in the Paradise area who rushed in and are still working hard to protect their community while losing everything they had. Our heroes need our help.
And then maybe I’ll be done.
But what about you? Do One Thing. Find the reason you want to help, the special group or purpose that speaks to you and make a donation. I guarantee that where a town of almost 27,000 was wiped out there are people in every demographic, every type, every identity, every everything that needs your help.
Do One Thing.