Louisiana volunteers organize Northeast storm relief
'Train of Hope' carries supplies to Sandy victims
- Duration 4:35
- Date Nov 12, 2012
'Train of Hope' carries supplies to Sandy victims
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From the city at the -- of the worst natural disaster in US history have arrived to help victims of super -- sandy.
They came -- what they're calling that train of hope.
And they come bearing gifts more than five tons of food clothing blankets and other supplies.
The dozens of volunteers boarded -- train in New Orleans then traveled some thirteen hundred miles to the disaster area in new York and New Jersey.
These are people who went through Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and hurricane Isaac earlier this year.
And they say that folks from across the country help them and this is one way of just paying it forward.
Two of those volunteers -- here -- this -- Iran as is with us from Slidell Louisiana and and -- Daniels.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Just about the few minutes away -- like act.
That better on the north -- Amanda knows about twenty miles left a flat out we talking about the North Shore of of Lake Pontchartrain.
Because it was the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain just got a means hurricane -- I don't know how many -- even notice that it happened.
But we were down when hurricane Isaac happen we have some pictures of it and it just flooded these town this is Slidell Louisiana.
This is people trying to get out of their neighborhoods they know exactly what folks here going -- Going from going through except for the cold -- Kim -- you guys get this together.
Well about midnight last Thursday just before midnight I got a call from Donna.
And she said are you watching the news we've got to do something to help these people.
-- -- to the hurricanes ourselves we just knew that we had an instant connection and we wanted to reach out and help them.
Like so many people helped -- Sending you guys how did you get a -- boast of together that's incredible -- there was an interesting process really immediately reached out to senator -- office.
And he was able to put us in touch with the right folks at Amtrak and they jumped on board so quickly and we were just able to get it to gather mobilized our community to start accepting donations and -- are overwhelmed by the generosity of the North Shore residents.
-- -- Kim how did you.
How did you get a sense for what it was that people here needed.
What we -- working with officials over here because one of the things we realized after Katrina was people were reaching out to us and they were to shipping stuff.
But if you don't have somebody on the receiving end orchestrate the delivery in the storage and did delivering although supplies to other people it doesn't do you any good so Donna reached out to the people up here and she was dealing with councilman.
Of the -- in Hoboken and he was fabulous as far as.
Detailing all of the items on this -- and orchestrating a smooth delivery and that was key at the success of this operation.
Donna Hoboken is right across the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan it's a one square mile town.
Flooded the it is incredible what's happened.
And it was really just an amazing all of the flooding that they had in those -- some -- -- images that we -- seeing and I have a friend who lives in Hoboken says she's someone that reached out here and said can you help us.
We want a sense of relief supplies that there and they just they helped us immediately it was amazing the response and then after some good Jersey -- -- guys headed across the river to New York.
We did we went to Staten Island to help serve food.
The other we have found Louisiana and their friends that are hands and they were serving -- he's and certainly the big test that they were serving the first responders and the people were down there.
Guiding their houses and we knew how important that was when we were in the same situation.
What a hot meal for the difference it can make so it was wonderful to be on the giving -- for a change.
What you guys have lives and responsibilities at home how did you drop your own life to come do this.
We just knew how important it was and we knew we had to do something and so thankfully you know -- The agency that I work for the saint Tammany tourist commission -- really helped I mean our our office basically turn into a shipping warehouse packing up donations.
And I just told my husband and my two kids I'm going to be gone for a few days and and they've supported us and -- -- Kim Stanley did as well so it's been good.
Saint Tammany is -- perish the equivalent of a county down there that.
Every time there's a storm it seems like you hear about saint Tammany one more time on the north -- yeah.
And unfortunately well the folks if he if you helped out during Katrina are -- eyes -- you -- wonder how they're all doing well.
They're doing what you did.
Might give you guys can Bergeron from Slidell and -- Daniels from mental placebo thank you thank you if you want to help.
It's very easy go to our website and there are links any kind of way you wanna help the money or stuff they really need is money.
And smoke thank you.