September 11, 2001A total of 2,997 innocent people died on this day, not including the 19 hijackers. People nationwide stood shell shocked momentarily, but when the chips were down, everyone wanted to do something to help. Volunteers from around the country offered to go into the rubble to help recover those who were lost as a result of the terrorist act. The president gave an awe-inspiring speech at Ground Zero and little children around the U.S. wanted to give money from their piggy banks to help kids who lost their parents. Blood banks could not keep up with the many offers to give blood, and so people were urged to donate money instead. Citizens showed the world what it meant to unite for disaster recovery like it had never seen before.
Hurricane KatrinaThis disaster struck New Orleans and the surrounding areas, and left 1,833 dead and thousands more without their homes and businesses. To make matters worse, the government was slow in responding to the incident, but it did not mean that America was blind to the plight, and people from around the nation volunteered their efforts to save lives and help with the disaster recovery. Although Katrina occurred in 2005, New Orleans reports that it is not completely rebuilt. Many charities were started to help people get clean clothes, water and food, and a roof over their head. The Red Cross and other organizations worked around the clock to make sure people who were injured received treatment. The streets that became clogged with debris were cleaned and companies like King Recycling and Waste Disposal Inc. worked to get Bramptom bin rentals to the clean up crews working through disasters.
Oklahoma City BombingNews of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing was on the television news reports in 1995 during which time Americans learned throughout the day and night that 168 men, women and children had died. Another 680 people were injured as a result of the bombing. That was a call to action for Oklahoma residents as well as the rest of America. America united in giving prayers for those who were affected by the bombing, volunteered their time, money, and services to help the city rebuild. It was just another one of those times Americans forgot the politics and picked up their resolve in order to help a neighbor in trouble.
These three examples are just a small portion of the tragedies and disasters that temporarily brought Americans to their knees, but the final result was an effort built of love, tears and sweat that brought everyone together. The nation would be nothing if its people were not generous of heart and spirit.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives in Los Lunas New Mexico and loves to spend time outdoors when she's not writing. She used King Recycling and Waste Disposal Inc. as part of her research. Get in touch via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.