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Two Truckloads Of Supplies Donated By New Orleans Residents Arrive On Long Island

Volunteer: 'I Know What This Did When We Saw Little Gestures Like This'
Volunteers unload supplies at Amityville High School (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Volunteers unload supplies at Amityville High School (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Superstorm Sandy

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Hurricane survivors from hundreds of miles away have arrived on Long Island with a massive care package to help the Sandy relief effort.

Two truckloads of supplies and food arrived at Amityville High School from New Orleans, thanks to a couple of Katrina survivors who wanted to help out.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

The tractor-trailers are filled with diapers, clothes, food and any other supplies New Orleans residents thought could be useful in the clean up and relief effort.

“It was amazing to see how many people responded to our cry for help down there to send up here,” Louisiana resident Trey Ledbetter told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

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Donations from New Orleans at Amityville High School (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Ledbetter and Joseph Arabe said their little idea to help out became a massive effort when the donations kept coming in from New Orleans residents.

“Two trucks, two 53-foot van trailers. I don’t know if you walked inside, but I mean it’s a lot of goods. Kids toys, water, blankets. Anything that people in the south want to donate that we thought you all could use. Jackets, stuff like that, we brought it up here,” Arabe told Hall.

Those in need can go to Amityville High School, where the supplies have been unloaded.

“I’ve just seen it firsthand, I’ve been there and seen towns devastated. I know what this did when we saw little gestures like this down there for the people and we just wanted to lend a hand. We’re all in this together. It’s times like this when we should work together,” Arabe told Hall.

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