Louisville - Compassion City (9/2/08)
As I'm sure many of you did, I spent a good portion of my Labor Day weekend watching the progress of Hurricane Gustav. And I thought about the evacuees. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be bussed or flown to a city hundreds of miles away for the weekend, housed on a cot in a big convention center, and then have to sit idly wondering if my home would be there when I returned.
I was pleased to see Louisville step up and take in several thousand evacuees in an effort to try to make a bad situation tolerable. One hundred forty Red Cross volunteers gave up their holiday weekend to lend a hand.
I was pleasantly surprised to see several local businesses reach out to these people in an effort to help them pass the time and try to take their minds off what was happening back home -- if only for a few hours - including the Louisville Bats, who also invited several hundred evacuees to enjoy the Bats' last regular season game as their guests.
The point is Louisville is a generous and warm city, one that reaches out to our neighbors when they need help.
Recently, Louisville adopted the name "Possibility City." And it warms my heart to know our concept of great possibilities includes not just what we can accomplish for ourselves, but also to how much good we're ready to do for others.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.