The Day The World Came to Town - In Gander Newfoundland - Jim Defede

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When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, sue to the closing of U.S. airspace, the citizens of this small community and surrounding towns were called upon to care for the thousands of distraught travelers.

Their response to this challenge was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight-crew member so that he could give her a hug as a favour to her sister, who managed to reach him by phone. Eithne Smith, an elementary school teacher, helped the passengers sheltered at her school fax letters to love ones all over the world. And members of a local animal protection agency crawled into the cargo holds of the jets to feed and care for all of the animals on the flights.

These stories and hundreds more are beautifully rendered in The Day the World came to Town, the true account of a community that exemplifies love, kindness, and generosity.