Atlanta, Ga. -- It takes less than a week. It seems as soon as clothing drives for Sandy victims are announced, bags full of donations start piling up. It's been nearly two weeks since the super storm slammed into the Northeastern US. Nearly 200 were killed, and others are still lacking the goods and infrastructure needed to return their lives to normalcy. Atlanta still seems eager to help.
In less than a week, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs filled over a hundred boxes and the largest U-Haul truck available. Many organizing the boxes had family members who were hit by the storm.
"I feel like I'm doing something," said Tammy Connell, whose family lives in New Jersey. "It's one thing just to call your family and friends and say, 'How are you doing I'm praying for you,' and you are, but you really want to do something when you know someone's in need."
St. Jude's truck will get on the road Monday. Another group collecting donations doesn't yet have a truck. Cece Garrison was so moved to help, she started collecting donations before she arranged for a truck. Now she's hoping for a donated set of wheels.
"I don't know how it's going to get shipped I've got people trying to help me," Garrison said. "If you own a shipping company, I want to talk to you."
Her town of Pine City adopted the city of Seaford, New York. They're planning to collect donations to take there over the next week. She already got several carloads. She's hoping other towns will pick up on the trend and adopt their own cities in need.
"It's that lesson we learned from Katrina," Garrison said. "Everybody is my neighbor. Even if they're in New York they're still my neighbor."