The world is in a very confused state from the many irrational people who are planning and executing terrorist activities throughout the world to those trying to escalate nuclear war when most of the population of their country has no food to put on the table. And the vivid image of the destruction from Hurricane Harvey is in all of our minds as is the news of two hurricanes only days apart beginning to swamp the entire state of Florida this week after destroying so many low lying island countries is very upsetting. It almost seems like our heaviest New England winter storms are easier to plan for, handle and clean up afterwards.
Mother Nature can be cruel in the harshest of ways, but we also see the wonderful spirit and good of those people around the country who have pitched in to assist in Texas even before the storm made impact on the coast line. In the Valley the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Shop located in Derby on Rt. 34 has been caring for and assisting the Naugatuck Valley homeless, abused spouses and children, families and anyone who requests their help for decades from donations you and many Valley businesses make throughout the year. However this past week St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop branched out and with the assistance of the Volunteer Shelton Fire Companies, St. Joseph's Church and Elem. School in Shelton and BSA Troop 19 collected, sorted, and packed an 18 wheeler with essential supplies and shipped it to the Houston FEMA distribution center to help one of this countries largest cities battle back to life.