Lisa, girlfriend of 4 1/2 years to Brendansphere blogger Charles Chambers, has been blogging up a storm over at Izotzaeche while Charles has been busy delivering supplies to the stricken Gulf Coast. In a particularly moving post, she writes:
What I WILL tell you is about a guy named Charles. My hero, and someone I have acquired a new admiration for when I thought I knew his character through and through. Tirelessly this man has devoted every waking hour to gathering resources to give to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, leaving every single thought of reality behind. Every waking hour means that I know he did not lay his head down one time in a 40-hour time span. Not only did he not rest, he did not stop thinking about his mission.
He would never call himself a hero, but I do and I thank God that I have been able to be a witness to his strength and show of character that I have never seen in another human being in my lifetime. When we got back to our truck in Atlanta, we had a flat tire. After not sleeping for 2 days, driving thousands of miles, getting much-needed supplies to the people of the Gulf Coast, the man changed the tire . Through sweat dripping and all his clothing dirty and soiled thru and thru, he never once stopped until he crawled his lifeless body in the bed last night at 2 am.
I’ve never seen someone work as hard as he has and he loves every minute of it. I will say when I thought I didn’t have another energy cell left in my body to give, I saw him giving more, and I found new strength. When someone needed a hand, he was there, when there was a time to sit and “take a breather” he was organizing our truck that held supplies, or he was seeing if someone needed supplies, he reloaded his palettes of food, cans, water that were 10, 20 lbs, over and over again to make more room in the overloaded truck for more red cross supplies.
A tip of the cap to Charles and Lisa, true heroes in this crisis.