Hurricane Harvey’s devastation could see as many as 30,000 people homeless. And though it might have been downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s predicted to rain in Southeast Texas until Thursday, with several more inches of rain leading to more damage and displacement. And the destruction will take months — if not years — to restore.
The storm has impacted everyone from the young to the old, locals to tourists, and even furry friends. And one letter shared on the Waco Police Department Facebook page shows how the storm has affected the children of Texas police officers. Sgt. Patrick Swanton posted a letter from a girl named Makenna to her police officer dad who was going out to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The letter read, “Dear Daddy, I hope you don’t get hurt, but I hope you help the other people that need it more than I do. I hope no one else gets hurt more. I hope everyone gets away from the hurricane. I love you!”
Sgt. Swanton personally knows Makenna and reveals that it “took everything that her daddy could do to keep her from loading up with him to go.”
People who know Makenna’s father, along with strangers, are responding to the girl’s letter to reassure her about the amazing work her dad is doing.
One person said, “Your daddy has dedicated to serving a cause greater than himself. That is not only honorable, it is what we are called to do, in one way or another. Your daddy answered that call. You should be very proud. We are.”
A friend of the police officer wrote, “I’ve known your father for several years now and he has a great big heart …”
“… The group he is with is made up of great men who I am also proud to call friends.”
Hurricane Harvey has highlighted the best of humankind with many incredible stories coming forth, such as a reporter saving a man as her newsroom flooded to celebrities making donations to help victims. Even a local brewery has given 800 gallons of water it had reserved to the community. The tender letter and these stories show that even in the destruction, there are still moments of hope and courage.