Gander in Newfoundland is a small town of about 10 thousand people. It’s international airport had previously served as a refueling stop for transatlantic flights and served as a staging point for U-boat hunting flights during World War II.
When the canadian authorities on 9/11 began diverting flights heading into the US, Gander ended up receiving 38 flights, receiving more than 6500 passengers and crewmembers.
The locals accommodated their unexpected guests, when they stepped off of their planes, Gander’s citizens met them with homemade bagged lunches. The town converted its schools and large buildings into temporary shelters, and when those lodgings filled up, citizens took strangers into their homes. Medical personnel saw patients and filled prescriptions free of charge.