Valley relief drive for tornado victims

FRESNO, Calif.

For the last two days, Kayla's uncle has been sending her photos of the damage he's seen. He has been working alongside rescuers, trying to find survivors. What she's heard -- and he's experienced -- is hard to imagine. "When they were digging through the Home Depot store, there was a dad that was holding all of his kids. They had all three died and the dad still had the tightest embrace on his kids, even though they had already passed. And its just stuff like that... it just makes me cry," said Christiansen.

Tuesday night, Kayla's uncle spoke with Action News, describing the storm's aftermath and the couple's efforts to clear the damaged hospital where his girlfriend works as an R.N. "Going room to room, trying to see if there's anybody in there... patients or hospital staff. It's just pretty overwhelming. I can't believe it," said David Hills.

In a conversation Monday, Kayla's uncle asked for her to collect supplies for the people of Joplin. She started mobilizing help immediately and eventually turned to Facebook to help spread the word. So far, the support has been incredible. Kayla's uncle works in the shipping industry and is making the arrangements to get whatever she collects to the people who need it most.


If you'd like to help the people of Joplin, you can drop off items or financial donations at two Fresno locations:

Northpark Community Church
Shepherd and N. Chestnut

Century 21 C. Watson
Palm and Alluvial

Items requested include:

Kids clothing
Batteries (all kinds)
Toiletries (shampoo, shaving cream, razors)
Baby wipes


Pepper Tree Art Gallery
Shaw and Marks

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