By Ariel Richard
Tommy Sullivan, a Vietnam army veteran, and his wife, Sharon, were terribly affected by Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012. Their home in Rocky Point was left in ruins and sustained a substantial amount of damage. The roof was destroyed, which caused large amounts of water to leak through. They were told that they could no longer live in their home and that there was no hope. Although several other families would have given up, Tommy and Sharon Sullivan remained faithful and had hope that they would soon return to their home.
Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity for Suffolk County rounded up more 300 volunteers to assist with renovating their home. A group of sophomores here at SCS were amongst the many other workers.
“What’s wonderful about the Habitat for Humanity Program is that the owner pitches in and helps…,” said Tommy. His wife added, “We believe in volunteering!”
The Sullivans were truly blessed by all the help they received – which was mostly from strangers!
On Friday, February 26th, they were officially given the keys to their renovated home. They held a dedication ceremony to thank all of the volunteers as well as several other army veterans.
Sharon Sullivan shared, “It takes many hands to build a house, but it takes a heart to build a home – and that is exactly what we have here.”
In preparation for the dedication, our sophomores made a “Welcome Home” basket for the Sullivan’s, as well as an emergency kit. These baskets contained plush blankets, movies, popcorn, chocolate, batteries, a flashlight, and so much more! Our goal was to welcome them back to their home with the biggest smiles on their faces. After two long years, they were finally able to return.
We were placed here on earth not only to worship the Lord, but also to bless those around us. Many of the volunteers probably were not Christians; however, they had seeds planted in their hearts. The Sullivan’s continuously thanked God for the blessings that they’ve received – and that unwavering faith is how we can show others what it means to be a Christian.