Some individuals have volunteered on their own to drive the 12-plus hours to help people they don't even know. People have given of their time and money to help fill the void left by Hurricane Harvey.

Community spirit.

The act of giving.

Hurricane Harvey has left a trail of death and destruction along the Texas coastline; Hurricane Irma is promised to do the same in Florida. Two other tropical storms and/or hurricanes are waiting in the wings.

We at the lake are geographically far removed from the mayhem, yet we're on the edges of our seats as we feel the pain of those so badly affected. And we care about the fate of our fellow man as demonstrated by the dozens of volunteers who have stepped forward to help. Businesses, individuals, churches and civic groups have individually and collectively spearheaded an effort to collect food, water, clothing, toiletries and more to transport to Texas.

A convoy of trailers left the lake earlier this week laden with goods to share with our neighbors from the South. Some individuals have volunteered on their own to drive the 12-plus hours to help people they don't even know. People have given of their time and money to help fill the void left by Hurricane Harvey.

Disasters affect us all regardless of political affiliations, race, creed or color. It's heartwarming and encouraging to see so many of us reach out. Our personal thanks to all of you who have helped whether it's giving a dollar to the Red Cross or donating your own vehicles, fuel and personal time to help.

As Florida and the East Coast brace for the next wave of damaging weather, let's hope we don't lose focus on what's important and continue to demonstrate our compassion for doing the right thing.