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Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana    
Submitted by: Ray Zardetto
    

The people of Slidell, Louisiana, were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. When they heard about the destruction wreaked by Sandy, they did the only thing they could think of: They helped.

Slidell LouisianaThe people of Slidell, Louisiana, were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, and they understand firsthand what it's like to recover from a disaster. So when residents of Slidell and Slidell's St. Tammany Parish heard about the destruction wreaked by Sandy, they did the only thing they could think of: They helped.

Led by Donna O'Daniels and Kim Bergeron, they collected more than five tons of food, supplies, clothing and blankets, which were delivered by an Amtrak train called "The Crescent." The train – renamed "The Train of Hope" - arrived in Newark Penn Station on Nov. 10, and was met by a team of 70 volunteers who loaded the goods onto trucks and shipped them off to flood-ravaged Bayonne and Hoboken, where many were without power.

 


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