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Katrina victim collects donations in Sioux Falls for Hurricane Sandy victims

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In the wake of major recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, a truck full of food and supplies donated for victims left Sioux Falls Saturday. 

The man behind the project shares why he feels sending aide is so important. 

"When I'm saying I lost everything, I literally mean just that.  My entire house washed off the foundation, vehicles, all my personal belongings, friends who didn't survive…I mean unspeakable things, it's just too much to list," said the project's director Peter Allen. 

Allen is originally from New Orleans; he witnessed first hand the devastation a hurricane can bring during Katrina. 

"I've also seen it when people didn't have help when they needed it.  So I just vowed that when ever there's a disaster, if I can just step forward to help people, that's what I'm trying to do," said Allen. 

Working with donations from people in Gillette, WY, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, Allen collected donated food and supplies in each city to take to the East Coast where victims of Hurricane Sandy are still short on supplies. 

"When I first heard about the things happening to people because of Sandy, all of that type of stuff just brought back memories of some of the things I encountered and I felt that I needed to really step forward," said Allen. 

Matt Parker, the President of Parker Transfer and Storage in Sioux Falls, asked the communities for donations just five days ago.  On Saturday, they had over 15,000 pounds of food and supplies to send to Sandy victims. 

"The great thing about living in Sioux Falls, all you really need to do is ask and people will come out of the wood work to help you," said Matt Parker. 

Parker Transfer and the South Dakota Trucking Association are paying for the fuel and expenses to get the supplies out to the East Coast.   

"We have the resources with large trucks and a large warehouse to store anything and move a lot of stuff so it's been a pleasure to serve the community in that way," said Parker. 

It took a lot of help from many different hands to make this project a reality—but Allen says, that's what community is all about. 

"It's about everybody sticking together and helping one another right now," said Allen. 

With all of the food and supplies collected here in Sioux Falls, they had more donations than they could fit in just one semi-load.   

They will be sending the rest of the supplies in other partially-filled trucks headed East over the next week.

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