Friendswood, Texas, resident Aric Harding returned to his flooded home on Wednesday to pick up toys for his seven children. There, he stopped to play the piano. In a video he shared to Instagram that's gone viral, Harding reflected and wrote, "I think it's all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone."
"I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering," he wrote. And many others saw a glimmer of beauty amid the devastation.
People were so moved they're offering to purchase Harding and his family a new piano.
Vanessa Carlton has also pitched in on the effort.
On Thursday, Harding and other residents began efforts to tear down and restore damaged homes in their neighborhood. All of the homes on his street had also been flooded, he told CNN.
Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Chicago.