VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Victor Valley residents wishing to help the earthquake victims, rallied together Saturday morning and collected donations of water, snacks, and charcoal, that were delivered to the Red Cross in Ridgecrest.
Jennifer Kiever and her husband Bobby Nevel have lived in Apple Valley for nearly 20 years and felt compelled to help. “I would hope someone would do it for me if the tables were turned,” Jennifer said.
Victorville’s community dealership, Valley Hi Toyota on Valley Center Drive graciously allowed Jennifer to use their location as a drop-off site.
Jennifer told VVNG she had a 9:30 am service appointment On Saturday at the dealership for her truck. That’s when she approached the General Sales Manager Robert Ball and told him what was going on.
“He generously opened up a bay for everyone to unload into while we waited. They also donated boxes of snacks, chips, granola bars, fruit snacks,” stated Jennifer.
Jennifer said she was met by her friend, Ann Lind and her husband who purchased an entire pallet of water and had it loaded in their truck and were ready to go. Even employees from the nearby Costco across the street were making donations.
With a fully-loaded Toyota Tundra, Jennifer and her husband left the dealership and made one last pick-up at the Stater Brothers on Highway 395 before heading towards Ridgecrest/Trona.
“Going through Adelanto we came across another truck with a pallet of water, they were from Orange County. In all total when we got to Ridgecrest there were 4 trucks with 4 pallets of water, backseat full of food and we all came from different areas,” stated Jennifer.
Jennifer said the Red Cross was surprised when the trucks and volunteers showed up. It was a long day for Jennifer and her husband, both were exhausted by the time they made it back home at about 10:00 pm.
On a Facebook post, the Ridgecrest Police Department said they were collecting bottled water for Trona residents. Those who are able can drop off cases at the department located at 100 W California Avenue in Ridgecrest.
During a press conference on Saturday, the Red Cross said cash donations are really are the best right now so they can be distributed as needed. For more info or to donate visit Redcross.org/donate.
A Facebook page called Trona Neighborhood Watch posted Saturday night saying they have an immediate need in town for baby wipes, batteries AA and D, flashlights, tarps, contractor trash bags, gloves of all sizes, sanitary napkins, and diapers. Those items can be mailed to 83435 Trona Road. Trona, CA 93562.