Katrina survivor helps Sandy victims - KOTA Territory News

Katrina survivor helps Sandy victims


Thousands of people are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, but one Hurricane Katrina survivor has rallied people in KOTA Territory to reach out and help.

He has driven truck for 28 years. "My driver came to me, Peter Allen, and said you know, it's just devastating what's happening over there, my heart is going out to them, what can we do?" said Allied Van Lines and North Western Warehouse Owner Jerred Koppmann.

So this week… Allen isn't on the clock, he's working to help Hurricane Sandy victims. "As soon as I heard about it I was on it," said Allen.

For the last two weeks, North Western Warehouse and Allied Van Lines have been collecting donations from all over KOTA Territory. "When we first started it was like a Monday back, I was in the front of the truck loading it, and looking back the other direction and it's such a huge trailer I'm like there's no way we're going to fill this thing up, it's just so big," said Koppmann.

But as it turns out, the truck isn't big enough. "This has exceeded my expectations," said Allen.

The truck is the biggest in the industry, it can hold up to 40,000 pounds, but they have so many donations coming in that there isn't room enough in the truck for it all. "This is just not North Western's doing, not just my doing, it's not just the people who donated doing; I mean, this is the work of God," said Allen.

Allen is a Hurricane Katrina survivor. He lost his home and even some family in the disaster, "When you lose everything, all your possessions and your belongings, and stuff like that you kind of lose hope," said Allen.

So he packs up water, diapers, food, and cloths, all of which are symbols of hope, to take to New Jersey.

"You have to express love in this world, if you can't, ain't no sense in being here," said Allen. "When I arrive there you know I want to see smiles you know, and I know I will. This is just a true blessing."

Any leftover hurricane sandy relief effort donations that couldn't fit in the truck will be given to the Good Will in Rapid City.

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