Hurricane Harvey: Signs of Hope and Healing Amid Storm’s Destruction | NBC Nightly News

WITH MUCH MORE ON THE VOLUNTEER EFFORT >> Reporter: WHEN LIFE IS SATURATED BY LOSS, WHEN WORDS FAIL — ♪♪ — SOMETIMES MUSIC SPEAKS

HYMNS OF HOPE INSIDE A HOUSTON HOUSE OF WORSHIP, SONGS REPLACING SORROW >> I REMEMBER WHEN MY TOWN NOT TOO MANY TOWNS AWAY FROM HERE GOT DEVASTATED FROM HURRICANE KATRINA >> Reporter: ALMOST 12 YEARS AGO TO THE DAY, SINGER HARRY CONNICK JR LENT COMPASSION TO A DEVASTATED NEW ORLEANS >> GOOD LUCK TO YOU, BABY

GOOD LUCK >> Reporter: NOW HE'S ONE OF THOUSANDS HELPING HOUSTON RISE, A CITY THAT ONCE OPENED ITS ARMS TO KATRINA VICTIMS THIS WAS THE WAY TO PAY IT FORWARD >> OH, YEAH I'LL NEVER FORGET HOUSTON FOR THAT

I'VE ALWAYS LOVED HOUSTON >> Reporter: AS THE WATERS RECEDE, VOLUNTEER EFFORTS HAVE FLOODED IN, THOUSANDS SHOWING UP DAY AFTER DAY IN SHELTERS AND NEIGHBORHOODS LEFT IN SHAMBLES >> I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT, BECAUSE WE ARE REALLY HUNGRY >> Reporter: SIFTING THROUGH THE DAMAGE AND LIFTING THE SPIRITS OF STRANGERS >> IT'S ACTUALLY EASIER TO HELP THAN NOT TO HELP

IT'S EASIER TO GIVE THAN NOT TO GIVE >> Reporter: TRUCKLOADS OF ESSENTIALS, HANDING OUT FOOD AND SPREADING THE HOPE THAT AT SOME POINT LIFE WILL BE NORMAL AGAIN >> RIGHT NOW I'M JUST VISITING AND HUGGING A LOT AND JUST SEEING WHAT THEY NEED >> Reporter: A WEEK AFTER HARVEY, THERE IS SO MUCH NEED >> YES! ♪ THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE ♪ >> COME ON, Y'ALL WESTBOUND ♪ I'M GONNA

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