The frustration of having useless skills

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Useless for such a time as this. Every time some disaster happens I want to help. I don't want to just donate money--I want to go there, to work 24 hours a day, to bring relief in any way I can. But all I can do is make a pathetic donation to the Red Cross.

I'm not a doctor, a nurse, an EMT, or any other kind of medical professional. I'm not a construction worker or a rescue swimmer or a helicopter pilot. I don't own a boat for rescuing people or a big truck for hauling water or debris. I'm reasonably fit but not strong. In short, I'd just be in the way.

And when it comes to rebuilding, I have no skills at all. I can pound nails and paint, I suppose. If the call goes out for volunteers to paint in New Orleans, I'll be there.

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