Politics has a strange way of motivating some people into action.
At least, that's what happened with one Austin man -- moved to help out Hurricane Sandy survivors after seeing the catastrophic devastation on the East Coast on his television from more than 1,700 miles away.
The big idea came after sitting around watching President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney going after each other in debates on television just days before the election.
"I was keeping up with the elections, and there was just so much back and forth," said Joe Acker. "And I just turned on The Weather Channel and saw how catastrophic this storm was, and I really had no idea."
Acker was taken aback by the widespread damage he was seeing on television.
"There's still -- right now -- there are people that have no heat. There are people that have no electricity. It is not to compare anything to anything, but it is ... but it is the Katrina of 2012," said Acker.
He reached out to friends for donations and decided the survivors needed help.
"We put it out in our Facebook [page], and I said, 'Look, I'm doing this, would love to have the support,'" said Acker. "And next thing you know, we have a flood of, 'What do you need?'"
Two days later, he filled up a trailer with daily necessities and is ready to take them to hurricane survivors himself.
"We got everything from diapers to BAND-AIDs, matches," said Acker. "I've got 100 cases of water, we got toys, we got stuff for kids."
Acker said he knows he's on a mission and that he can't wait to get there.
"I have really no idea what we're in for when we get there," said Acker. "If we can make just that much difference in one of the families' lives, it's going to be worth the 27 hours I'm going to be spending going there without question."
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