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Donations Pour in for Flood Victims Taking Shelter in Hollister

HOLLISTER, Mo. -- Eight inches of rain fell near Hollister on Thursday, flooding Turkey Creek. On Friday, flood victims were rebuilding their lives.
HOLLISTER, Mo. -- Eight inches of rain fell near Hollister on Thursday, flooding Turkey Creek. On Friday, flood victims were rebuilding their lives.

Raging waters gushed through communities, uprooting trailers, home, cars -- and even lives.

"Water came up about 18 inches or so in my trailer...and that's no place where I can raise my baby at," says John Hughes.

Hughes lived with his dog, Maggie, and 1-year-old daughter, Bella, in a trailer on Old Mill Road. He battled the floods to get his daughter and dog to higher, drier grounds.

"I couldn't make it I was out of breath."

That's when his dog helped pull him the rest of the way.

"I got up on top of this car and fix my breath. Maggie didn't wanna stop. She wanted to keep going until her paws hit the ground."

John and about 30 other flood victims woke up Friday outside the comfort of their homes.

"I'm thinking where am I gonna live?"

But with the comfort of a loving community.

"Some of the volunteers here have been up for 24 hours plus, just loving on people," says Paul Michel, Assistant Pastor at New Beginnings Fellowship at 151 E. Elm Street in Hollister. "They just have a hurting heart, and a bleeding heart for people and wanna help."

New Beginnings Fellowship is partnering with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and numerous local groups to help the victims get their lives back in order.

"We arrived on the scene within the hour after requested with water, a few cleanup kits, personnel and snacks, Lt. Shawn DeBaar, Branson Corps Officer and Incident Commander, said.

"New Beginnings Fellowship workers sent out a text. Within three hours, they got all of these donations. They're still looking for more, like personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. Looking at some of these people who've literally lost everything we don't even have the words -- we don't have to have the words. We just wanna help."

Despite the material loss, Hollister flood victims treasure what they still have.

"Everything's material for me," says Hughes. "The most important thing is my baby and I didn't loose her so I can care less about anything else."

The shelter now has plenty of clothes to go around, but cleaning and hygiene products are needed, as well as bottled water, sports drinks and first aid kits. All donations may be delivered to The Salvation Army's Branson Corps at 114 Stanley Blvd. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.

The Red Cross also has a shelter set up at the St. Robert Community Center (114 J.H. Williamson Drive).
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