Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Alone and uncertain of what she would be doing, Lindsay Clark (Class of 2011) stepped out of her comfort zone when she was sent to remove debris in the most affected areas. From torn Mother’s Day cards to broken dolls, every object carried countless memories. She was not simply raking trash; she was throwing out entire lives. “No matter how many pictures you see or how many times you drive through the affected areas,” Clark said, “Nothing compares to the emotion you feel when you are standing on a slab of concrete and raking up broken plates and personal items that once were a part of someone's life. The day's experience was difficult, not because it was physically exhausting in the intense heat, but because people's homes were destroyed and reduced to a pile of rubble.”

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Taken on June 1, 2011