Hands Across America could not reach every part of the nation, but people in cities and towns not on the route of the coast-to-coast human chain devised their own ways Sunday of celebrating the event and raising money for the poor.
In Upstate New York, a human chain of more than 3,200 people stretched two miles across the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge that links the city of Ogdensburg with the town of Prescott in Ontario, Canada.
Organizers collected $20,000 and were joined in the line by the mayors of the two municipalities, Ontario provincial officials. The money will be divided between U.S. and Canadian projects.
Many more joined hands in communities across New York, including the yards of many of the state's 52 penitentiaries, and at New Jersey's Rahway State Prison, some 300 inmates took part in the ceremony.
Thousands of other Americans held their own separate events in Louisiana, Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, Minnesota, Hawaii, Washington state and Oregon.
About 3,000 people joined hands in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park, but lacked enough participants to complete the circuit of the park. Still, they raised an estimated $2,000 cash and hundreds of cans of food. 'Salt Lake City was part of it,' mayor Palmer DePaulis declared.
In Seattle, an estimated 5,000 people joined hands in a human chain along the downtown waterfront, paying $5 each to participate, and several dozen Federal Express drivers volunteered to make pickups of donated food, clothing and other goods for local shelters.
Louisianians not included in the 4,125-mile human chain staged four similar programs to highlight the plight of the poor.
A group of woman registered people for their own human chain across the Hale Boggs Bridge spanning the Missisippi River from Luling to Destrehan near New Orleans. Participants in Hands Across the Bridge Sunday donated $5 to $10.
Speeches and entertainment in Baton Rouge's Independence Park coincided with the national chain, while observers donated canned and other non-perishable foods to the Baton Rouge Lend A Hand program.
Several hundred residents gathered to link hands across a bridge spanning the Cane River, which runs through downtown Natchitoches, La., and in Shreveport the local musician's union and members of the United Auto Workers union banded together late Sunday for a concert.
At least 200 Idahoans joined hands in Boise to encircle the Statehouse and pledge to fight hunger.
More than 2,500 people snaked around the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., and spilled onto nearby sidewalks. People of all ages joined hands under overcast skies and sang 'We are the World' and 'America the Beautiful.'
About 2,000 people lined an 11-mile stretch in Charlotte, N.C., and more than 100 people joined hands around the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, with even more lining the beaches of the Outer Banks.
About 4,000 people ignored rain in Minneapolis, linking hands along the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, but the weather kept them from forming a human chain linking them with the twin city of St. Paul. Minnesota Foodbank officials said they hoped to raise $50,000.
Members of over a half a dozen community groups on the island of Maui, Hawaii, gathered to join hands in their own scaled-down version of the event.
An estimated 8,000 people took part in the activities in Portland, Ore., paying $10 each to join in a human link over two bridges and along the shores of the Willamette River.
In Hartford, Conn., a local radio station had planned a 'Hands Across Hartford' event in the downtown park across from the state Capitol, but it was canceled because not enough people signed up.