Nightly News | January 30, 2014
>>> finally tonight, we return to atlanta where thankfully southern hospitality came to the rescue in that paralyzing ice storm that stopped atlanta cold. a lot of folks stepped up and helped complete strangers and made a big difference in a time of need. our report tonight from nbc's gabe gutierrez.
>> reporter: among the ice, the gridlock, the frustration.
>> kindness of strangers.
>> reporter: in atlanta , when government froze up, strangers stepped in. good samaritans took to the streets offering them water bottles , food, a lifeline.
>> peanut butter and jelly here.
>> reporter: the roberts family grateful for help after they abandoned their car.
>> you couldn't depend on anything else but each other.
>> it is good to see you, not on the side of the road .
>> reporter: these two met under warmer circumstances.
>> just come to a complete and total standstill.
>> reporter: on the interstate, two months pregnant with her 3-year-old son in the back, she was trapped in her frigid car, no water, only a handful of tic tacks.
>> it was utter chaos.
>> reporter: this man offered a ride to anybody on social media to anybody who was stuck, and katy's desperate plea for help reached him.
>> just a sense of relief watched over me, it was just incredible.
>> we were all crying.
>> reporter: she started a facebook page, snowed out atlanta , hours after the snow first hit. what began as a site for volunteers to help stranded drivers is now topping 56,000 members.
>> i am just really glad we managed to help so many people. facebook allowed us to come together and do so many amazing things.
>> when you think about the kind of person it takes to put their safety ahead of somebody that they never met before, i mean, why wouldn't we want to be friends forever ?
>> reporter: tonight, he is home safe. and the south seems a little warmer.
>> you're welcome.