Hurricane Irma came in with a vengeance, and as it made its way up the East Coast, it left behind a wake of devastation. While the worst of the storm is over, thousands of people have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and it seems like everyone is lending a helping hand — including nuns.
On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Police Department shared a video of Sister Margaret Ann with her habit on her head and a chainsaw in hand, taking down the limbs of a fallen tree:
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 12, 2017
The nun has been an educator at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in West Kendall for 30 years and told CNN's “OutFront” she knew there was a chainsaw in the school closet, so she grabbed it and got to work.
“There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out,” Sister Margaret Ann casually said.
The tree was blocking the road, so people couldn't get through. After seeing someone almost spin out into a wall, she realized the chainsaw didn't belong in the closet; it “needed to be used.”
She added it was a moment when she could teach by example, and “thanks be to God,” she was able to show her students they need to “do what you can to help other people” and “don't think of yourselves.”
After the video circulated online, Sister Margaret Ann's actions had a ripple effect, and she told “OutFront” that alumni from the school recognized the habit and came to help out. “It became a really good community project,” she said.
Check out her interview in the video below: