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‘Hope Is Contagious’: A Stirring 9/11 Story You've Likely Never Heard

A new documentary tells a powerful 9/11 story that many Americans have likely never heard before. Unlike the horrific events that terrorists ushered in on Sept. 11, 2001, this story is one of love, compassion, hospitality, and care.“You Are Here: A Come From Away Movie" recounts how, on one of the darkest days in modern human history, the “citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, gave voice to all that is good and generous within humanity.” LOOKING FOR HOPE?  Watch Uplifting Movies and TV Shows Right Now on PureFlix.com It’s a film that tells a compelling story worth exploring. On Sept. 11, 2001, as citizens and first responders in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, grappled with the impact of hate and deadly chaos, the residents of a small town in the Canadian island of Newfoundland jumped into action to help thousands of people from around the world who suddenly arrived on their soil.Listen to Peter Gentile, producer of “You Are Here,” reveal the details of this incredible story:The remarkable acts of generosity unfolded in the hours after the 9/11 attacks when every airplane was forced to land at the nearest airport. For 38 airliners traveling near the Atlantic at the time there was nowhere else to go but Gander, Newfoundland, a small town with around 9,000 residents.Remarkably, there were around 7,000 people on those 38 airplanes — a massive crowd considering the modest size of the town. READ ALSO:  Friendship in the Bible: 25 Bible Verses About Friendship “That was 7,000 people who were basically thrown into this town of 9,000 — so we’re almost doubling the population,” Gentile told “The Pure Flix Podcast.” With just six taxis and only around 400 hotel rooms available in the entire town of Gander, residents had to think quickly about what they would do to accommodate thousands of strangers from 90 different countries who abruptly landed at such a tumultuous time.Gentile says the community immediately jumped into action.“The town of Gander and its mayor put their emergency plan into place,” he said. “They started making food and lunches for people coming off the planes.”But it didn’t end there. ...Read more

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