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Pass Christian Katrina survivor fights to help Sandy victims

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Seven years ago after Hurricane Katrina, Pass Wholesale was on the brink of literally collapsing. But a few good Samaritans from New Jersey came to Cecilia Stahl's rescue. Seven years ago after Hurricane Katrina, Pass Wholesale was on the brink of literally collapsing. But a few good Samaritans from New Jersey came to Cecilia Stahl's rescue.
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

By Friday, a South Mississippi group is hoping they have a truck load of supplies to send to the East Coast. A Pass Christian woman is heading a project unofficially named "Restore the Shore," in hopes of sending household tools to a town in New Jersey.

When Cecilia Stahl, Owner of Pass Wholesale, thinks about the troubles on the East Coast she's moved to tears. Seven years ago, when Stahl's business was on the brink of literally collapsing after Hurricane Katrina, a few good Samaritans from New Jersey came to her rescue.

"Really, they helped us get back into business when I had almost nothing," Stahl remembered. "They donated a computer to us, and they made a monetary donation to us. We were able to buy office supplies so that we could even start up."

Stahl said it was that act of kindness that gave her the strength to keep pushing. That's why she happily jumped on board to help her friend Tricia Taylor, the project coordinator and a native of New Jersey.

"We are not working on clothes. The Red Cross has taken care of that. They're inundated with clothes," Taylor said. "We want materials that they can use to clean out their homes. They helped us with a rescue truck and some fire supplies immediately after Katrina."

"It really touched my heart that people so far away, that had no idea who I was, would donate to us and help this community. We should feel driven to help these people," Stahl said.

For whatever reasons, so far the drive to get donations has been slow. Taylor said many of the items they've gotten so far are a result of them going door to door. The organizers want people to know that the donations don't have to be new items.

Donated tools can be dropped off at the City Barn, the Pass Christian Fire Department or City Hall. The group is even willing to pick up donations. Just call (228) 255-5564. Donations will be collected through Friday.

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