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Evansville, Ind. man fed hundreds of N.J. hurricane victims

HOTtopic041212_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Through all of the devastation that has come from Hurricane Sandy, thankfully we have seen that there are still people who will go miles out of their way to help others.

Like 862 of them. After seeing the damage created by the storm, 57-year-old Stan Gregory of Evansville, Indiana decided he needed to do something.

Gregory set out on an 862-mile journey to Little Ferry with a truckload of food and a gas grill. According to the New York Daily News, Gregory met the Eilertsen family, who cleared space in their driveway for Gregory to fire up his grill.

A company just outside of Evansville donated hundreds of dollars in meat to the cause, and three days later Gregory was feeding hundreds of locals, including police and other volunteers.

People were coming that hadn't eaten in three days," said Eilersten, according to WFIE 14 News. "It's incredible for someone to actually leave the state just knowing people needed help. It was overwhelming.”

Gregory also funded his trip with donations from the United Methodist Church in Evansville, and a Costco in Hackensack later supplied bottled water, chips, hot dogs, and buns.

He was impressed that Little Ferry's residents helped each other through their ordeal. "I don't ever want to hear anyone say anything bad about anyone from New Jersey again," said Gregory, according to the Daily News. "You hear about people from New Jersey, 'Oh, those people are rough.' I don't care. I'm going to help them."

"I have never seen Little Ferry come together like this, community resident Patty Penisch said about Gregory, according to NorthJersey.com. This saint came in and brought the whole community together."

 

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