Family members of those killed in the 9/11 tragedy in New York City are reaching out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
An 18 wheeler that serves as a rolling memorial to 9/11 arrived to cheers and applause at St. Paul United Methodist Church Monday. Before unloading supplies, church members and volunteers paused to appreciate the message of the mural and the names displayed on the side of the semi.
Casey Jo Breland and her friends recalled the images of New York on 9/11.
"I remember being at school and that coming on the radio. I remember the horror. I thought, even though I was very young, I just remember it going through my head, 'This can't be real,'" Breland said.
Now this memorial truck delivers hope to the hurting. Families who suffered so much four years ago are reaching out to another group of victims.
"Those people that donated this were the families of September 11th who actually lost loved ones in the World Trade Center, the fire department, and they're reaching out to help people down here in need as well right now," truck driver John Holmgren said.
"It is just a heart warming experience of God's people coming through from all around the world. People who've been suffering themselves, to think of others and not forget it," St. Paul UMC Pastor Rev. Mitchell Hedgepeth said.
The special delivery got started two weeks ago when a retired military man from Pensacola stopped by the church with a donation. He was impressed with the volunteers and the organization. And it turns out he had some very special contacts in New York City.
"Somehow or another he contacted the 9/11 family foundation and talked to the president. The 9/11 foundation was just very willing to get on board, and they did. And here is what we got as a result of that one phone call," volunteer Gina Woods said.
Some $25,000 worth of food, supplies and hurricane help will be distributed to those in need. Victims helping victims.
"At the time that 9/11 took place, we as a country rallied around and took care of those people in New York. Now it's time they feel like it's time they want to help us and pay us back. This is a result of that," Woods said.
It's the kind of good feeling that makes one proud to be an American.
St. Paul United Methodist Church of Ocean Springs serves as a Red Cross shelter. The church has helped distribute food, clothing and cleaning supplies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.