Volunteers fight back raw emotions to help slide victims

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 6:41 PM

OSO, Wash. – Members of the community fought back tears Wednesday to help those in the rural communities of Darrington and Arlington after Saturday’s deadly landslide.

Some collected donations of food and clothing others geared up to head into the search area. All of them shaken by grief and sorrow from the past four days.

Ron and Shirley Vogneld filled their van in just 10 minutes with donations including diapers, baby formula and food.

"We just felt the need to do something to help out," said Shirley. "I've been watching the news and I'm just a little ways from tears and I'm having a hard time handling it."

Ron said there was a need to get perishable donated food to the area and he and Shirley just went home, got the van and said "let's do it."

The number of volunteers was increasing as crews worked with bare hands and their raw emotions.

Amanda Davidson put out the clarion call on Facebook. She and some of her friends filled an entire trailer of donations in just three hours.

"They need it, they need it," she said, explaining through tears why she was helping. "It's so devastating, these people, what they're going through. We needed to do something. I'm an EMT and knowing that there's a firefighter and his family is missing..."

Grim but determined faces headed into the slide area to dig through the debris, some searched for lost loved ones, and others just wanted to help - few could hold back the tears.

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