UPDATE: Paul Rode Drops Off 13 Tons of Goods to Aid Sandy Relief Efforts

Members of the Hudson donated more than 13 tons of non-perishable food items and other goods for those in affected by Hurricane Sandy. Hudson businessman Paul Rode delivered the goods to an emergency center on Tuesday.

UPDATE (5:20 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012): Hudson business owner Paul Rode has delivered more than 13 tons of goods to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on the east coast, according to a video he released from the road.

The goods were donated by members of the Hudson community on Sunday after Rode rented a 26-foot moving truck and volunteered to drive it to New Jersey.


ORIGINAL POST (Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012): Members of the Hudson community came together on Sunday afternoon to donate non-perishable food items and other goods for those in affected by Hurricane Sandy.

A 26-foot rental truck parked at the corner of Second Street and Walnut Street, and donations began rolling in at noon. Before 5 p.m. the truck was full. 

Local businessman Paul Rode organized the donation drive on Facebook, and he plans to depart tonight to drive the truck to some of the hardest hit areas in New Jersey.

Though Rode's truck is full, he urges anyone with non-perishable food items to donate them to the local food shelf.

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kk November 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Lone wolfing is not the way to assist disasters. It becomes a part of the problem. unless this is organized by a primary organization, Red Cross or a church group,in the recovery area. All stuff becomes a liability to the recovery as it has to land filled. Cash to the organized incident command will get the most to the most. Just think it will cost $1000 in fuel to get the truck to the east coast, that could have been used to help those in the disaster.
yomammy November 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM
...was only a matter of time before somebody got in here and actually ripped Paul for doing this...like in the previous thread when they gathered money and goods at the Ryan rally. you are a sad, sad person for even bringing this garbage up. Keep going Paulie!!! You have done more for this community than 99% have...
Chadwick November 05, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Seriously? You are complaining that someone is stepping up to the plate and doing something positive for the people out East? I agree with yomammy you are a sad person. By the way it shouldn't cost even $500 to get the truck to the east cost.
Peter, Hudson, Wis. November 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks to Micheal Foley for covering this. I'm not on Facebook and saw the truck on Sunday just as it was being loaded with non-perishables. As we drove by, I wondered out loud what it was about. My wife suggested it was to ferry relief supplies to New Jersey or New York. So it is. I'd assume the Facebook page details Mr. Rode's initiative in the larger Sandy disaster. The story has more to it: the journey these supplies make to their destination, where they eventually end up, the impact they have at their destination with individuals or an organization and the lessons learned from the initiative.
Cynthia November 05, 2012 at 02:06 PM
We all know when cash is given that only half of it , if even that makes it to the cause. The rest is sucked up into the "Non-Profit" scam of the century. You go Paul at least we will know our donations actually will make it to the people who need it.
D Paul Rode November 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Hey kk.. You keep sitting on your duff and cast out your worthless rhetoric while I'm doing. I'm trying. I'm not giving up. Someone in Jersey needs me and these supplies. Comment reckless again and you will be my new focus in life.
D Paul Rode November 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
732.341.3451 is the sea shore Sheriff Dept. They are VERY VERY HAPPY AND IN NEED OF THIS TRUCK! Don't worry kk. I got this. You kick back and relax. Oh... I'm free also. I have no operations cost since I use my own money.
Micheal Foley November 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Great to hear, Paul. Stay safe, and don't get caught in the Nor'easter headed your way!
kk November 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
TO Mike, you have blocked me for being uncivil but I have never made personal attacks at anyone. You do Know my professional background and education. I do disaster response at many levels and know and experience the lone wolf that is now part of the problem. You even stated it in your previous post. I have added the website for what is a coordinated and incident command system of help in a disaster. The biggest reason lone wolfs show up is to see what happen. It is called rubbernecking on the interstate and around a fire scene. I will repeat $1000 for fuel to an organized incident command provider does more than hauling in stuff. http://www.serve.gov/sandy/ Be part of the recovery not a recovery.
Micheal Foley November 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Thanks for your input, kk.
Janine November 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Paul, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! It's people like you who make the world a better place. I am in NJ. We were without any power or heat for 5 1/2 days. May not sound that bad, but it gets pretty cold in NJ at night. Add in the gas problem and it really does drive you batty. I've had family and friends coming to just share time and get a change of scenery. My brother in law is here now doing laundry since they are still without and no signs of it returning. We are making progress in my area, but the shore is just devastated. We are also quite worried with a storm expected later this week. My friend Tori is a neighbor of yours. We have been online friends (a mommy site) for almost 12 years and have never met, but talk with each other nearly every day! She told me what you were doing, and besides crying my eyes out, I was just speechless that someone from so far away is coming here to help. It it beyond words the amount of love and respect and gratitude I feel for all those out of state people who have come to help. It is just utterly astounding. It was weird to know that the first person I ever met from Illinois was here to save us! I'm sorry this is babbly, I just wanted to say thank you and God bless you and I hope you have a safe trip here and home. And if you are in the Woodbridge area at all, let me know! <3
yomammy November 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I think they would also benifit GREATLY if they had some Fillet sliders also :) yum. ...then again...so would I...
yomammy November 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
as opposed to the overhead costs of a giant charitable orginization... Its sure is east to write a ten dolar check, give yourself a pat on the back, and forget about the issue...isnt it. oh, thats right "hope" is how we get things done nowdays...
Chadwick November 05, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yes, it is sad Jim Bob that someone would take the time to bash what Paul is doing. Not only does it bring our community together but as you can see from Janine's post below it is greatly appreciated by the people who are actually living through this even if they don't directly benefit from it. By the way since you are using $4 per gallon then you would be stating that this was a diesel truck which gets 8 miles to the gallon and your cost would be about $600; not that it even matters as this is about much more than that.
Tracy November 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
'Our days are HAPPIER when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a peice of our mind.' Thanks Paul for giving a bit of your heart!
Sunshine November 06, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Awesome Paul...Way to go! And KK...RELAX and take a breath. It will be okay. Make a monetary donation so you can be part of the recovery...you do it your way and Paul can do it his way. Geez... don't you have better things to do than to critisize other people who are trying to help fellow Americans???
Helen McCombie November 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
KK, you said “Lone wolfing is not the way to assist disasters. It becomes a part of the problem.” You say “$1000 for fuel to an organized incident command provider does more than hauling in stuff.” I say “its all how you look at it”. Some people look at the truck and see the contents worth more than $1000. Paul Rode saw something else. His actions showed what he saw. I looked at the truck and saw a truck full of faith, love, and compassion and human kindness…PRICELESS to many. When you experience a life changing event you need people like the Red Cross and FEMA and PAUL RODE and those that filled that truck to get you through it. Paul had someone at the end of his journey. To receive all that boxed up love and warmth. God Bless our community for those boxes and a resident named Paul Rode.
Pasque November 06, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Not that anybody is reading this post anymore anyway, but here's a link to the StarTribune that supports KK's position. I agree. http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/177486281.html
kk November 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
To those that understand I thank you. Now Mike I have been civil NOW I will not be so. I do not recognize the names of many above that have a clue to public safety so I understand you are not able to comprehend. Do you also know that you current elected officials that you voted in twice refused to apply for federal funds to support and fund public safety programs such as CERT community emergency response teams. this is yes a knowledgeable program for individuals to respond to in home, neighborhood, community, and state disasters in the most efficient and SAFEST way. As a direct attack on me was to get off my duff and do something guess that several thousand hours of education over the last XX years has given me the knowledge to create those systems to do what is the most for the most SAFELY. If you believe you are so great put your funds and better yet put your time into advocating for these programs. it is no longer if it will happen only how soon. For getting your safety programs contact the Emergency Government office for the county and request a CERT program or other classes for the betterment of our community.
mainstreet November 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Yep. Depend on the government. They'll take care you and tell you what is best......
jerryjo November 07, 2012 at 02:47 AM
You just did a good thing in your eyes and this is what you want people who don't know you to read??!! I don't know you and reading this makes me want to keep it that way! You know why you did what you did and that's what matters.
yomammy November 07, 2012 at 12:43 PM
We are from the .gov...we are here to help....
yomammy November 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I do my part to help too. I go Pauls bar and buy lots of beer, which in turn, he can use the profits from to help others!!! I am such a humanatarian. :)


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