The south side explosion is on the minds of a group from Greenwood, who was helping clean up a disaster hundreds of miles away.
Saturday morning, volunteers from a local charity loaded up supplies to take to Sayreville, New Jersey, one of the many east coast cities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and Greenwood’s newly-designated “sister city.”
Hours later, tragedy struck back home, as the explosion claimed the life of a Greenwood teacher and her husband.
By the time the volunteers got to New Jersey, news of the Indy explosion had quickly made its way east.
“They knew about the explosions and I guess they were a little bit shocked that it was in our neighborhood,” said Thom Hord, a Greenwood City Council member, who runs the charity that’s helping the victims of Sandy. “They’ve asked me on a daily basis, ‘How’s everything over there?’”
Hord and a group of volunteers from The Refuge have been cleaning up homes devastated by the storm.
“They’re just thankful that a small group from Indiana was able to come over and help for a week and just very appreciative of all we’re doing,” Hord said.
The storm victims have even offered some help of their own, after learning of the explosion back here in Indianapolis.
“They have asked, ‘What do you guys need out there?'” Hord said. “Our response has been, ‘Let’s get you guys taken care of here, and as time goes by, if you guys can do something for us, that would be great.”
Hord said his group would be returning this weekend and was considering making a second trip to the east coast area sometime soon.
“East Coast folks sometimes have a bad rap of being maybe not as friendly as us in the Midwest,” Hord said. “I’m going to tell you something, they’ve been very loving, very appreciative of us being over here.”