It's an amazing story of giving that has come full circle.
It was Father William Sherman of St. Mike's Church in Grand Forks, who remembered what happened, when the flood waters rolled through Grand Forks in 1997.
The church's basement, its school and day care suffered 4-million dollars worth of damage.
Father Sherman recalls being asked to fly out to St. Mikes church in New Jersey in 1997 to talk about what happened in Grand Forks.
Father William Sherman, Grand Forks: "So I gave them kind of a tear jerking sermon…. 12-thousand bucks. Wow..ha."
Now as St. Michael's Church in Long Branch, New Jersey recovers from wind and water damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Father Sherman reminded the Grand Forks congregation of New Jersey's good deed 15-years ago. Grand Forks quickly responded with donations to St. Mikes in New Jersey. .
Father Sherman: "They had this collection and of all things they came up with 15-thousand plus. That's amazing.
Debbie Patella, St. Mike's New Jersey: "We got the call from Grand Forks. It was just unbelievable. It's just so heart warming that somebody remembered."
Father Sherman: "What you give away is the only thing that's going to come back to you in the next world. Even in this world…ha… some of it comes back to you."
Father Sherman says over the years, the initial donation by that New Jersey Church, inspired the Grand Forks congregation to also take up collections for other disasters…. like 9-11 and Katrina.
If you'd like to help out that storm damaged church in New Jersey, you can mail donations to:
Hurricane Sandy C/O
St. Michael's Church
520 North 6th St.
Grand Forks, ND 58203