A Look Back: One Year Anniversary of San Bruno Blast


In honor of the one year anniversary of the PG&E gas pipe explosion in San Bruno, I’m reposting this story I did about a faith community deeply impacted by the blast that turned around to help the community. Earlier today I read on the Fred Rogers Company website a quote from Mr. Rogers about how his mother helped him deal with disturbing world news as a child.A prayer shawl adorns the San Bruno church impacted by the PG&E gas explosion.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.

This story, like so many other stories about good neighbors, is about the helpers.