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They -- thousands of miles apart -- two communities share a common bond and are coming together to build strength through the storm.
Thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims are now paying it forward.
To help other Americans impacted by super storm sandy.
Some even preparing a trip.
From the Big Easy to the Big Apple to lend a hand Hurricane Katrina victim.
-- your -- homecoming center -- you don't joins us now.
Along with Suffolk county police officer and member of bread of life fellowship in Staten Island Charles Ross thanks so much to both of you for being hair that.
Good to be here I'm here and Connie let me start review you were a Hurricane Katrina victim as we understand -- your home.
Got -- more than seven feet of water in it it took a month.
For it to dry out it must have brought -- very bad memories when you were watching what was happening with hurricane Sandia here.
Yes it just.
Triggered everything again you know I think you think -- get over something like.
You know -- devastating event like train is seven years later but when.
You see it again happened -- years.
Neighbors -- -- -- -- you just -- -- it it brings it -- -- my bed -- -- why did you want to reach out and help the victims.
Of of -- sending.
Well you know we were helped by -- thousands of people came in from the east 'cause style of the United States.
To help us -- our homecoming San Aaron hapless rebuilding new -- we.
And so fortunate with that have over 50000 volunteers have come through this and -- coming senate.
You know we need to pay this back -- and pay it forward we have just been so blessed and fortunate.
-- -- -- -- you know how so much and we know that they now need our -- The devastation is just incredible.
And we need to just did this is something New Orleans really wanna do you because we feel their pain we -- -- they're going for -- -- union says it in their shoes of course and I really have.
-- in Charles what did you think Charles when you heard that there were victims of Hurricane Katrina who we're going to be sending volunteers sending food sending money to people in your community.
I thought it was an awesome my dear.
As you know we've been devastated here in new York and Long Island area.
And along the eastern seaboard and have those folks to come down to offer support to us was tremendous as you know when parent connect.
Hurricane Katrina did hit New Orleans in that area.
We felt the same we felt that we were the nation in that and society -- needed to come together to help support each other.
Lift each other up although we were knocked down we were not knocked out.
And that's what we we want to emphasize today that.
-- -- we here in New York we seem to be knocked down right now we're not knocked out.
And we're standing tall and we're gonna we gonna come back from this and we just I'm grateful for all the support that we've received from everyone.
Were you surprised that the Hurricane Katrina victims in New -- remembered.
Your health and your community's help during that time all these years later now.
Well when you have a catastrophe.
Of that magnitude.
You do remember those who lend a helping hand and now we certainly supported them in their efforts and -- certainly grateful for the efforts that they've given back to us.
-- -- -- your preparing to send an eighteen Wheeler full of goods.
Up she Sergio how do you want to tell Charles what's going to be -- -- I had chiles and -- let it -- we found at the request of your church and pastor and take though we've got diapers formula warm blankets clothing.
-- cleaning supplies building supplies.
And that eighteen Wheeler is rolling out as we speak and I I heard that another empty one just rolled in and will be selling that.
Eighteen -- the next couple of weeks -- that you gonna have a nice big Christmas present arriving from the Big Easy to the Big Apple.
Is you know I just went in that Charles and every one that -- rang out there that.
-- lands then who dat nation we're behind you guys we know what you're going through one thing I've really learned working in -- recovery.
Is that you know recovery is very hard it's long and it's hard and they eat you need people that are really can't come in there and stand by you.
Stick with you -- people have done with us for seven years -- still.
We're still getting volunteers helping us and we still rebuilding new island that it is going to be -- and I just want to bring in Charles says debt.
How do you respond to Connie.
Say we we love you we think you we certainly appreciate all that you've done and we welcome.
Over the past few days bread of life fellowship we've been reaching out to the community.
The men and -- -- had a bad line.
And and we've seen just devastation -- -- even those that weren't affected by the flood waters.
They've consume over -- resource is trying to survive throughout the days so we have families and children in schools that are telling teachers and administrators.
That they have no food no -- still.
We we've we've gone out like yesterday we gave out over 200 meals to families at a at a local elementary school and you know so that.
Effort in support is still needed and we appreciate what you're doing.
And we're we're very grateful.
That's on -- Charles rollout -- you know we really appreciate both of you coming -- and it is so inspirational to see Americans who are helping each other in this time of need.
Thanks so much for being here that's.
An -- Leo we have coming up there I'm bringing I'm actually in Sacramento and partnering with.
-- Christian charts to raise funds will ring will come on out and let us know when your here well hot -- yes and -- -- again in Thailand Vietnam bringing -- tides and we're actually.
Coordinating volunteers to get stale bread of life charts company that last -- -- ramping up.
And after all is excited to see you in the flash I messed.
Thanks we'll let you guys talk offline -- -- you have more than this energetic Charles thanks so much triggered me and my next on the.
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