Donations pour in from community for flooded Nickelsville campers

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 6:25 PM

On yet another rainy day, something else is pouring into the Seattle homeless camp named Nickelsville: donated food, clothing and shelter.
 
After residents lost their belongings during Monday's storm, neighbors are helping neighbors deal with a different kind of flood - the good kind.
 
"I saw the pictures on the news. The weather is getting so cold and so wet,” said Jeff Gaidjiergis, who runs Mr. Scrappy Recycling.

Gaidjiergis knew an old wood stove destined for the heap shouldn't go to waste - and he was right.   Tom Reynolds drove his dump truck to Nickelsville from Mukilteo to deliver three cords of firewood. Now that old stove is really cookin' now.

The $1,300 worth of wood will go very far. For Reynolds, it's the least he can do.

"I know what it's like to use newspapers as blankets. When I was in my late teens and early 20's, I recall those days," said Reynolds.
 
Later in the day, a semi truck full of wood pallets arrived, providing enough to put a raised floor under the tents of Nickelsville.

Donations have been coming in from people, families and companies wanting to help the people in Nickelsville who've lost so much. PCC Natural Markets dropped a van filled with boxes of fresh fruits and 200 sandwiches. Workers also donated a car packed with 60 brand new fleece blankets and tarps

“It was important for our company. We wanted to take care of people, and these are people that at this time of year, any time of year, they have so little,” said Laurie Albright with PCC Natural Markets. “To lose even what little they have, our hearts just went out to them. We're doing whatever we can. That's what you do around here.”

Nickelsville is now on more solid ground, thanks to the kindness of strangers and the strength of a community.  Even as the temperature drops, Nickelsville feels warmer.

"This is I could say amazing or outstanding, but that falls short," said Nickelsville resident Trace De Garmo.

“It's been awesome,” said Crystal Claflin, Nickelsville camper. “We didn't know what we were going to do. We've had a lot of help and the community has been great and we really appreciate it.”
 
The encampment said they still need gas for the generator, along with more tents, batteries of all sizes, battery-operated lanterns, flashlights, plastic sheeting and tarps.  Several churches plan to serve Thanksgiving dinner to residents Thursday.

If you are interested in donating any items, a drop-off site is located at the intersection of Second Avenue Southwest and West Marginal Way in southwest Seattle.
 

KING 5's Meg Coyle, Liza Javier and Teresa Yuan contributed to this report.
 

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