Diane Prol, a member of Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Richfield Springs, N.Y., was one of just thousands who experienced flooding when a series of summer storms inundated the northeastern United States.
According to reports by CNN, at least a dozen people were killed and thousands more had to be evacuated from their homes.
Prol suffered significant damage to her flower shop when the Mohawk River flooded downtown Canajoharie, N.Y., June 28, after the area received up to 12 inches of rain.
With no flood insurance, Prol was initially overwhelmed and thought she would be closed for four to eight weeks. But she was amazed by the help of her family, church, and community, and was able to reopen on a limited basis July 10.
Shortly after reopening, she counted her blessings as she walked downtown Canajoharie, passing out roses with the reminder to stop and smell them.
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is providing some immediate assistance to those hardest hit in heavily affected areas of New Jersey by releasing $10,000 in immediate funding to the New Jersey Interfaith Partnership for Disaster Recovery. CRWRC is making plans with this partnership to raise an additional $100,000 in donations for long-term recovery.