CNY Hurricane Katrina survivor leads trip to help Harvey victims

Mike Trudell is no stranger to devastation, "We were in D'Iberville Mississippi in Hurricane Katrina. We lost our home, we lost our clothes, our vehicles," he says.

So when he saw what Texas is facing in the wake of Harvey, he took action. "Fortunately for us, we've had people come to our aid and now that we have a chance to do it, we're coming to the aid of those people in need," Trudell explains.

He's joined by about a dozen volunteers spending their Saturday morning loading pallets of food, water, and hygiene kits into a truck marked with the words that fuel their mission, "Syracuse Cares!"

"We see women and children and people losing their homes - if we have the opportunity to give back, which Syracuse does care - and you have that opportunity I think it's the best thing we can do," adds Trudell.

It started when Mike and his friend Jay put a post up on Facebook. In just two days he had volunteers and more than $50,000 worth of donations, enough to pack up a truck and head to Texas.

They say without the donors and help from Northside Baptist Church in Liverpool and Divine Mercy in Central Square, their trip would never have been possible.


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