Hands Across the Border Warms Hearts

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Thousands of dollars worth of baby supplies, food, and medicine were dropped off at The Wesley House, thanks to the people of Ontario, Canada.

You can fit a lot of stuff on a 53-foot trailer and getting it unloaded takes some hard work. Employees of WTOK pitched in to help do it.

But the work is worth the effort when you see where it's going. The supplies will help the Wesley House as it continues to deal with storm victims from Katrina and prepares to possibly deal with more from Rita.

"I wish the viewers could see how long this truck is and how much is in it, and then they would know the gratitude that I have," said Wesley House executive director Nell Grissom.

Grissom has a lot of people from north of the border to thank for their efforts. As part of an effort it calls "Hands Across the Border," television station CKWS and two radio stations in Kingston, Ontario, helped collect the goods. A trucking company supplied the gas, the truck and the driver to get it down here.

In all, there are more than 22,000 pounds of supplies on this truck. The Wesley House took about a third and it's likely to be put to good use very quickly.