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Donations are flooding in for flood victims


MAZEPPA, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- Many people have been wondering where to take items to help those who may have lost everything in last weeks floods. One location is Mazeppa, where community members are gathering donations for flood victims.

What most take for granted from one day to the next, those affected by the floods are surely not.

Lori Vannatta, volunteers at Mazeppa's donation Center and said people are in direful need.

"I can't imagine what they're going through. They just need simple things," said Vannatta.

Folks need the basic necessities of life, from paper toilet and a toothbrush, to shirt and shoes.

"The first couple that came in, he just wanted two pairs of underwear. He wanted a change of clothes, so he could wash his other change of clothes," said Vannatta.

Craig Olejincak, of Hammond, is one of 25-families the donation center has helped. Olejincak said he needed a clean set of clothes.

"You go through so many clothes cleaning up and all of my clothes are so dirty. We don't know what's on them from the flood, and they told us not to wear them. I'm just seeing if they got my size, getting some shirts," said Olejincak.

Since Tuesday this small community has seen such an outreach of folks wanting to donate, that they've had to open up an extra storage shed to keep the goods.

Olejincak told us he appreciated all of the donations, "I can't believe how much stuff is here. Everybody has been so helpful through it all. You hear all kinds of stories how people are helping each other."

When I asked him how it felt to have people care about the flood victims he replied, "It feels good, it feels good."

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