Hurricane Irma was the one of the strongest storms we’ve seen — and the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. Irma has caused catastrophic damage from the Caribbean all the way up through Georgia, leaving thousands without power, and clean-up efforts are widespread. With only so many rescue workers available to help, it’s “all hands on deck” for most of the state.
Yet while we’ve seen a lot of good people step in to help out since this devastating storm hit Florida, none have put a smile on our face like Sister Margaret Ann. Miami Dade Police recently posted an amazing picture and video of this hardworking Sister taking it upon herself to tackle a giant fallen tree.
According to the Huffington Post, Sister Margaret Ann “saw a car nearly go off the road while trying to avoid a tree that had fallen due to Hurricane Irma.” So she did what any woman would do — she went to Home Depot, bought a chainsaw, and got down to work herself.
“One of our off duty officers was happy to find Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School pitching in by cutting trees to clear the neighborhood roadways. As we recover from #HurricaneIrma, these acts of kindness remind us all that we are #OneCommunity in #MiamiDadeCounty! Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this #MiamaDadeStrong,” Miami Dade Police posted on their Facebook page.
Nothing like casually stumbling upon a nun cutting up a tree with a power tool to really brighten your day. And while we’re sure she doesn’t make a habit of this sort of thing (see what I did there?), people are loving what they see.
To quote some of the comments:
“I was at Home Depot on Kendall Drive and 157 Ave. yesterday, and saw her walking out with the chainsaw in hand! I thought wow what a sight, what an incredible sister! I was so impressed, I told my daughter and husband about it!”
“I love it. I love her. We are women. Hear our chainsaws roar!!”
“Prayers are great, but prayer accompanied by action is powerful.”
“Nuns!!!! The only women alive that could make a marine flinch! Lol.”
Of course, not being one to brag, Sister Margaret Ann told CNN: “We had a need. I had the means. So I wanted to help out … we teach our students to do what you can to help other people — don’t think of yourself.”
Finally, aside from their enthusiasm for her act of kindness, a number of Facebook commenters were also concerned about her choice of clothing while using a power tool. But while it is kind to worry about her, we are pretty sure she could have handled that tree wearing not only her habit … but a snowmobile suit while juggling knives and singing a pitch-perfect version of “Ave Maria.”
Well done, Sister.
h/t: Huffington Post