Social messaging spurs donations for mudslide victims

by: Chris Legeros Updated:

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ARLINGTON, Wash. —

Pickup trucks, vans and trailers moved through the parking lot of the Food Pavilion store in Arlington Wednesday.

They were filled with food, water and household items for victims of a deadly mudslide east of the city.  

People like Kara Brown didn’t wait for a donation center to be officially set up. They put out calls on Facebook and other social media for help.  

Brown said, “It really impacts you personally knowing that there are families out there hurting and there’s nothing you can do to comfort them.  It’s almost frustrating to not be able to do more.”   

Judy Paine drove 50 miles from Acme, Washington, to deliver supplies that filled two pickup trucks.  She said, “I cry every time I watch the news, I cry.“

When Shirley Vognild and Ron Vognild found there wasn't a place to store donations in the parking lot, they provided their own van. RonVognild said, “We finally found something that we could do to help.”

Shirley Vognild said it made her feel better to be helping others.  That sentiment was echoed by Rich Giebel after he walked into the Food Pavilion and walked out with a shopping cart full of contributions.  He said, “Everybody’s impacted.”