My 12-year-old son and I took part in what turned out to be such a miraculous event today. The Fairfield Beach Clean Up event, organized by three friends via Facebook, grew to 1,000 volunteers who gathered at Jennings Beach and were dispersed to various beach neighborhoods to help homeowners clean up their ravaged yards. It was an eye-opener for my son, who knew the homeowner’s grandson at the home we were sent to for clean-up, and was saddened by what had happened to their house.
(For more info on this event, please view this NBC video.)
A man driving in his car stopped our crew as we were walking to thank us for our efforts. He almost burst into tears as he thanked us. He said he lived down here and his house was destroyed. I nearly burst into tears, too.
When we got back to the beach for our lunch break, I was astounded at the amount of complimentary food that was set up for the volunteers. It was so appreciated! From Centro to ChiliBomb to Super Duper Weenie and Chelsea Restaurant plus other tents filled with sandwiches and baked goods, I was amazed at the outpouring of generosity that this town offered to this cause. In addition, there were stacks of bottled waters and cleaning supplies to help. I have never been so proud to be part of Fairfield in the two decades plus that I’ve lived here.
Organizers Katie Boland, Kelly Niznansky and Lindsey Reilly Morton are to be thanked for bringing strangers together to accomplish amazing things. I met some wonderful people today and I was just so proud to see all the outpourings of hard work and generosity in the wake of the storm’s destruction.