(From an Alabama trucker):

I just returned from New Jersey. While en route there, I was stuck in
traffic on Interstate 81, just below the Virginia state line, (Bristol,
Tennessee), due to a traffic accident with a fatality involved. This
accident involved a tanker truck hauling a hazardous material load that
developed a leak, which meant that we weren't going anywhere for several hours.
 
After being told by the Tennessee State troopers that we would be
"sitting still" until the clean up was completed, I set my brakes on the truck and got out to stretch my legs. Other truck drivers did the same, and at one point there were 5 of us standing there by my truck, complaining.
 
Sitting right beside me in the left lane, were two elderly people in a
Silverado pick up truck, which was loaded quite well. The man, (Joe),
lowered his window and asked what was going on regarding the traffic
situation.
Soon we were all talking with this couple. I mentioned that if I had known about this, I would have brought something to drink, (water), for I was becoming thirsty. The lady, (Anna), said that they had plenty of water, and sodas in the cooler in the bed of the truck, and offered everyone present, something. While she was back there, she said that she had plenty of tuna salad made up, and asked if we would be interested in a sandwich.
 
After some urging from Joe, we agreed to a sandwich. While Anna was
 making the sandwiches on the tailgate of the truck, she was singing like
 a songbird. Had to be close to 70, (I guess), she had a remarkable voice. When she finished making the sandwiches, and putting everything up, Joe raised the tailgate of the truck to close it. I noticed a Mississippi license plate on it. I inquired as to what part of Mississippi they were from. Joe said Biloxi. Knowing that Biloxi had been ravaged also by hurricane Katrina, I asked if they sustained any damage. Joe said that they lost everything but what they had on and what was in the pickup.

All of us drivers tried unsuccessfully to pay them for their drinks and the
 sandwiches. They would have nothing to do with it. Joe said that their
 son was living around Harrisonburg, Virginia, and that they were going
 there. He was in the real estate business and that there was a home that
 became open, and that they were going to start all over there. Starting
 over at their age would not be easy.
 
I'll soon be 48 years old, and I have to say, that I've never eaten a tuna sandwich with side orders of reality and humility. These people lost everything except the pictures,  important documents, and some clothes. Joe had managed to get their antique heirloom grandfathers clock into the bed of the truck and Anna got her china and silverware, but that was all. These wonderful people lost practically everything they owned and still would not accept any money for their food and drinks. Joe said that "it was better to give
 than to receive."

 They sought refuge behind a block wall that he had built years ago, and
 they watched their belongings and their home disappear in the winds of
 Hurricane Katrina. Joe said that during all this he had one hand holding
 onto Anna and the other holding on to God. Their truck and themselves
 came out of Katrina unscathed.
 
As I stated before, Anna was singing a song while making the sandwiches.The song is titled "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow," an old gospel song. She knew every word, and was quite a gifted singer of it. Have you ever heard it?

 The chorus of this song is: "Many things, about tomorrow, I don't seem
to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand."

 There's no doubt, in my mind, who was holding both their hands. I know
 there have been many, many emails that have circulated over the years
 about things that will touch your heart, but this one...I personally was
 involved in.

 Forget all of the politics that the news is striving on, and think about
 people just like Joe and Anna. If you can, help out with the victims
 relief funds.
 
If you can't, at least offer a prayer for everyone.
 Do what you wish with "this", forward it, delete it, whatever.
 
I know that these two elderly people got to this old boy. I will always
remember them. Joe and Anna, if by some strange way...you, or someone you know, gets this, and shows it to you, God Bless you!