The Train of Hope is coming, and it’s headed for the New Jersey shore towns that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Two officials from a parish in Slidell, Louisiana recruited Amtrak in an effort to deliver emergency supplies to the damaged shore areas.
Kim Bergeron, director of cultural affairs in Slidell, and Donna O'Daniels, St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission CEO and president put together the idea of the ‘Train of Hope,’ according to NOLA.com. Amtrak has a train that passes through the city of Slidell, and has agreed to transport supplies 1,300 miles to survivors of Sandy. "All of us who went through Katrina, it had a lasting, life-altering impact on all of us," O'Daniels said.
Bergeron and O’Daniels have already contacted officials in Newark and Hoboken, to get a list of supplies that are needed. Volunteers opened their stores and offices to an overwhelming number of donations.
“As a suburban community that has been through disasters, St. Tammany’s citizens know firsthand that attention is always focused first on larger, urban areas,” said Bergeron, according to the St. Tammany News. “We thought focusing on these smaller New Jersey cities would provide short-term assistance in a place that might otherwise be overlooked.”
Meanwhile, a project known as NOLA to New York, has New Orleans residents sending their best wishes to people in New York and New Jersey after the hurricane. Freelance journalist Andy Kopsa came up with the idea.
Kopsa said, according to Mashable, “Who better than the people of New Orleans to talk to the people of NYC right now. They are still living with Katrina seven years later.”
NOLA to New York can be accessed here.