Tri-Cities show support during tragedy

Tri-Cities show support during tragedy
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- There's been a run on bad news and tragedies lately here in the Tri-Cities, but there's also been a run on amazing outreach from our community.

From a fire to a drowning to that freak accident involving Cassidy Almquist, it's truly inspiring to see how you have given back for families you don't even know.

If there's one thing that has always held our community together, it's support when those around us need it.

"It's amazing what Tri-Cities has always done. You put out a request -- they're there. It doesn't matter how big or how small," says Kathye Kilgore

She handles fund-raising for our local Red Cross and she says you've been "big" all month long.

In the week following the Sacajawea Apartment fire, she says local businesses and community members have given nearly five-thousand dollars in cash donations alone.

Reporter: "Is this pretty normal, pretty traditional for Tri-Cities when something like this happens?"
Kilgore: "I've lived here since '75. Totally blew me away. I moved here from LA and this community doesn't know how to say no. They take care of their own," she says.

Hundreds of people lost everything in the fire nearly two-weeks ago.
The Red Cross set up a shelter at Pasco High. Dozens of people are still there. The Red Cross doesn't get government funding.
Your donations are what's helping people get back on their feet.

And your donations are helping a Pasco family through a tragedy.
Earlier this month -- Deziree Hernandez drowned in a backyard pool.
A car wash, food donations, and jars placed at local shops raised more than seven thousand dollars for her burial expenses.

Her family could barely list all of the people who helped.

"It just took off from the whole Tri-Cities. We had help from Walmart, Hubby's, Little Caesars, even Autozone, just donating food. People came by donating money -- they didn't even get their cars washed," says David Hernandez; Deziree's grandfather.

And don't forget Southridge senior Cassidy Almquist.

She remains in a Seattle hospital following a fall at summer camp.
More than ten-thousand people follow her Facebook page to get updates on the Kennewick teen.

A fundraiser by Dutch Brothers Coffee slowed down traffic for most of the day when all profits went to her family. Together with The Local in Richland, 35 thousand dollars was raised for her hospital bills.

It's a testament to the resolve of the Tri-Cities.
One amazing place to call home.

The red cross expects this apartment fire disaster could cost the chapter more than 50 thousand dollars when all is said and done.

The agency runs on your donations alone and there's always a disaster around the corner.