Donation drive for Pawtucket explosion victims
A donation drive was in full gear on Saturday at the Met School in Providence; collecting items to help Ruban Gonzales, Rubi Olivares and their 9 month old daughter.
The emotions still raw for Rubi's mother Maria Sandoval, not only because of her family's close call but also because of the outpouring of support.
Sandoval talked to NBC 10 about what this means to her family, "it means a lot and I know it means a lot to Rubi and Ruban, that they see all their friends and family are getting together to do whatever it takes to give them a hand"
After their house exploded in Pawtucket on Tuesday, Gonzalez and the baby had to be hospitalized.
Some good samaritans are being credited with helping get them out, Eric Silva, who talked to NBC 10 on scene that day, and Providence firefighter Jermaine Woods, who was off duty and nearby that day. He showed up at the donation drive Saturday and Sandoval couldn't contain her emotions; "lots of thanks to Eric and to Jermaine who helped them get out of there I owe them the world for helping them with my kids"
Even as Rubi continues to stand vigil by her family's side at the hospital, the support continues to grow.
It didn't take long for the donations to start piling up, in fact organizers say something was already off outside before they had even arrived to begin the donation drive.
Jayda Major and her family were there to donate, and they told NBC 10 "we have a baby, so it hits home because it can happen to anybody"
This is just one example of many at the drive on Saturday of a family coming together to help another in need.