Locals come together to collect items for flood victims

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV Locals donated non-perishable food items, toiletries and water for flood victims Saturday.

The items will be donated to flood victims in eastern Nebraska.

"There was no if and or buts, I knew what I was going to do and we just came and done it and we'll probably donate more," said Roxanne Barrett. "If you don't have the money to donate, go through your kitchen cupboards, maybe you got extra stuff there that you can bring down."

"There are lots of other people that are losing their homes and they're losing all of their food and water and we can help," Tristen Todd said.

Char Swalberg and Michelle Whips "Groovy Granny" organized the drive after they saw the images of the devastation.

"I have a lot of friends out in the Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Norfolk and Columbus, how can you not do anything," Swalberg said.

Zachary Zysset offered to take his semi to Fremont to deliver the donations.

"I love the state of Nebraska and I just want to help out as much as I can," Zysset said.

The semi will be stationed at Goodyear Tires at the Platte River Mall until it is full.

A second semi is expected to arrive on Monday to collect more donations.

They are asking for the following items:

WATER - bottles or gallon jugs
Hygiene items for men and women
Diapers all sizes
Baby wipes
Baby formula (unopened)
Non perishable food items
Dog/cat food
Animal crates
Sleeping bags
Air mattresses

They are not accepting clothing or homemade food items.

Monetary donations are being accepted via the Red Cross or United Way. Please verify before you donate money!