In New York City's time
of need, OOIDA member Franklin Hurst answered the call. He recently trucked
donated relief items from his hometown to ground zero. Hurst came through
when a fellow trucker who was scheduled to deliver the items to New York was
unable to make the trip and hundreds of pounds of water, fruit juice, canned
goods, shovels, picks, flashlights, batteries and clothing sat in his hometown
of Newbern, TN.
Hurst and his wife Joann
were in Texas Sept. 11 and once they arrived home they set out to see what
they could do to help. Hurst said Joann told local organizers of the relief
effort that Franklin would be willing to drive the materials out east as she
made her donation at an area church. But at that time, organizers thought
they had transportation lined up. When the ride fell through, organizers called
Hurst and asked him if he could make the haul. He was more than willing.
"I dropped everything
when they called and asked for my help," Franklin told Land Line. He
called his dispatcher and told them what was going on. "The dispatcher
said 'go for it.' So, I went." Franklin's 48-foot trailer was quickly
filled with goods and headed east. Franklin says donating his time and truck
to the effort was the least he could do. "Everybody is doing something,"
he said. "If these people were good enough to take the time and effort
to donate, it's my job to make sure everything gets there." He said the
terrorist attacks have brought out the best in Americans. "(The terrorists)
may have thought we would fall apart after the attacks, but it didn't work.
It brought everybody together."
Franklin was thankful
for the opportunity to pitch in and deliver the donated items from his hometown
to the people of New York. "It turned out to be a good deal," he
said. "I think they appreciated it."