Sometimes it takes adversity to see how interconnected we are as a community. When Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across the Southeast, we got to see how the Savannah community stepped up to help.
And, there were so many helpers in our community. In big ways and small ways, and even today, those helpers are still coming out of the woodwork to show their commitment to our community and our recovery.
We need to celebrate these stories of helpers. If we herald their work, then it might just inspire more to stand up and be helpers. I am extremely proud of the Tourism Leadership Council members and how they came together to aid our community in a time of critical need.
On Friday afternoon, I got a call from the City of Savannah. There was concern that the City had not stockpiled enough food for all of the first responders and City of Savannah and Chatham County staff. They needed food to get through the storm without having to break into pre-packaged military food known as Meals Ready to Eat. Those could be reserved for worst case scenario because they practically never expire.