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Local Woman Helps Mudslide Victims

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A local woman with close ties to the Washington state mudslide is asking for the community’s help to bring some relief to those affected by the disaster.

Amber Collins, a Springfield resident, has been at the Wal-Mart on Olympic Street asking for donations to send to Oso to help others affected. Also with her earlier Sunday was her mother-in-law, a survivor of the mudslide.

They’re accepting anything from toiletries and food to cash and gift cards. They started on Saturday and Collins says the donations have been pouring in.

Robin Youngblood, who survived the mudslide, says experiencing the devastation firsthand was hard but it’s been heart-warming to see the community reaching out to those they don’t even know.

“I’m so full of gratitude. I’m so full of love for everybody who’s stepped up immediately,” said Youngblood.

Youngblood says she just got to Springfield Saturday night but is headed back to Oso on Tuesday to deliver some of the donations.

Collins says they’re still unsure whether they’ll be back at Wal-Mart next week but if you’d like to donate, click here or contact Collins through her Facebook page.

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