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Katrina Victims Step Up To Help Those Hit By Sandy

Donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy pile up at the Mount Laurel Township Fire Department. (credit: Paul Kurtz)

Donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy pile up at the Mount Laurel Township Fire Department. (credit: Paul Kurtz)

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An Amtrak train from New Orleans carrying tons of donations for victims of Superstorm Sandy has arrived in New Jersey.

The relief supplies come mostly from residents who were hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The “Train of Hope” pulled into Newark’s Penn Station on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers are working with officials in Bayonne and Hoboken to deliver donations including baby formula, school supplies and clothing.

Many relief items came from St. Tammany Parish and Slidell, which suffered extensive flooding during Katrina. “Train of Hope” co-organizer Donna O’Daniels says those Louisiana residents feel a kinship with Sandy victims, who are going through similar hardships.

O’Daniels says the donations that arrived Saturday filled an 85-foot-long box car. She says five more pallets will travel up on another train Sunday.

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