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Helping hands lift spirits of hurricane survivors - Irma photos from Florida and the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma brought many things in its wake. Among the uncountable stories of human misery there are many acts of compassion and kindness to be found. Here is a mix of images -- from Tampa Bay, Florida and the Caribbean -- that portray the best of what it means to be a member of the human race.

All photos are from the Associated Press, Getty Images or the Tampa Bay Times and were transmitted or published between September 11 and September 12.

(DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times)

Friends work to remove the falling down awning due to the effects of Hurricane Irma at the Central Avenue Food Mart at 3000 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg . Shop owner Hosni Ghaly (center) has owned the store for a year and a half. "Not as bad as everybody expected," Ghaly said about the storm. "We're happy that it happened this way. I thought St. Pete would be gone. God is watching over the city, over the whole county."

(ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Tampa Bay Times)

Trinity Cafe located at 2801 N Nebraska Avenue in Tampa, Fla., during lunchtime on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The cafe offers free meals prepared by professional chefs to homeless and needy people, who are served at the table by volunteers. The cafe stayed open throughout the weekend during Hurricane Irma.

(ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Tampa Bay Times)

Trinity Cafe executive director Mandy Cloninger (center) holds hands with cafe volunteers during prayer prior to lunchtime at the cafe located at 2801 N Nebraska Avenue on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The cafe offers free meals prepared by professional chefs to homeless and needy people, who are served at the table by volunteers. The cafe stayed open throughout the weekend during Hurricane Irma.

(Photo by Kevin LeBlanc)

Ayn LeBlanc set up a free phone charging / water station in the driveway of her home in St. Petersburg, FL.

(Erin O. Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Deb Jones, of Kingsland, Ga., scoops out a bowl of soup she prepared for Brave Benson, 9, as Rose Benson of Hudson, Fla., and Martha Johnson of Belle Glade, Fla., wait in line at the Budgetel Inn in East Ridge, Tenn. Jones and her husband spent several hours outside making the soup for guests to give back to others that were helping her.

(Miami-Dade Police Department via AP)

In this Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, photo provided by the Miami-Dade Police Department, Sister Margaret Ann holds a chain saw near Miami, Fla. Police said the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

(Dede Smith/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Cory Donoher pulls Linda DeWalt and her dogs on his kayak down a street in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after it was flooded from the Ortega River when Hurricane Irma passed over the region.

(Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

HASTINGS, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Members of the U.S. Coast Guard rescue a woman from flood waters caused by Hurricane Irma Sept. 12, 2017 in Hastings, Florida, United States. The storm brought flooding to areas not seen in generations.

(Katie Klann/Naples Daily News via AP)

David Wheeler sits down to eat his food at Kretch's on Marco Island, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Kretch's and CJ's teamed up to feed hot meals to those without power after Hurricane Irma.

(Katie Klann/Naples Daily News via AP)

Stephanie Reeves hands out fish at Kretch's on Marco Island, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Kretch's and CJ's teamed up to feed hot meals to those without power after Hurricane Irma.

(MOD via AP)

In this undated photo provided on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 by the British Ministry of Defence, Royal Marines deliver aid and provide support to the islanders of Jost Van Dkye, British Virgin Islands. The team helped to deliver essential aid utilising a small boat to support this isolated community of just 300 people. Britain sent a navy ship and almost 500 troops to the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos islands.

(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

A soldier of the Dutch army distributes water at Princes Juliana International Airport in Philipsburg, while U.S. Air force personnel evacuate citizens after the passage of Hurricane Irma thru the island of St. Martin, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron said during his tour that the government's "top priority" was to help island residents return to normal life.

Tim Rozgonyi

Twitter: @timrozgonyi

e-mail: trozgonyi@tampabay.com

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