The story of the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, who opened their community and their homes to more than 6,000 stranded airline passengers forced to land at Gander International Airport and wait while US airspace closed indefinitely due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International airport in Canada by the closing of US airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.
As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches.
This book tells the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.