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Picking up after Sandy: How the Tri-State is helping out

Volunteers unload supplies at Living Word Baptist Church in New Jersey. Volunteers unload supplies at Living Word Baptist Church in New Jersey.

Some Tri-Staters aren't letting the hundreds of miles and many states that separate us from the east cost, keep them from helping victims of Superstorm Sandy.

This past Sunday 14 News was there as an Evansville couple took off for New Jersey with a truck full of donated supplies. 
They weren't the only locals in the Garden State though. 14 News met up met up with them as they made their much appreciated delivery.

One by one, the bags and boxes of donated supplies make their way inside Living Word Baptist Church in Beachwood, New Jersey, some 885 miles from Evansville.

Trudy Molt and her husband, Jerry, made the long drive over two days.

"We came through the mountain areas," Jerry said.

Their huge haul, a little overwhelming.

"I was expecting a few cleaning buckets and perhaps some coats and blankets. I was not expecting this," said Rev. Sue Royle, the Pastor at Living Word Baptist Church. 

Towers of clothing, diapers, household supplies, and, most importantly, cleaning items.

"This is the most precious stuff that we have here really," Royle said.

Reverend Sue Royle is the pastor at the church, though now, she's part of the moving crew. Grateful for the gifts that seem almost endless.

"It just proves over and over again just how awesome our God is. I mean, there was a need and a church midway across the country got the stirring to come and help gather together things," Royle said.

Jerry and Trudy are members of St. Johns East UCC on Lincoln Avenue. Their pastor connected with Sue and her church through someone he knew in Pennsylvania.

Within a week and a half, Operation Caring and Sharing was up and ready to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"It was just a God thing. He said load a truck and go east," Trudy said.

"We felt very satisfied with what we were doing and knew it was a good cause. I just feel very glad to help out," Jerry tells 14 News.

This process obviously takes a lot of work, but it's not the first time Jerry and Trudy have delivered supplies after a disaster. 

"The tornado in Alabama, we took two loads down there. We really enjoyed that those people were overwhelming, too. So we felt good about that and this one especially," Jerry said.

"It was just so wonderful in and of itself that a couple like that, a retired couple, would really take an 18 hour drive to come to strangers and bring all of this stuff. It's a bit overwhelming, but it just makes me feel so wonderful about humanity. It really does just give me hope," Royle said.

Hope that in this case came, one box at a time. 

"This is like a labor of love for some people, but for me it's just something I felt like doing," Jerry said.

Royle says three families in their congregation lost their homes to Sandy. The supplies will go to victims in their area, as well as others in need.

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