See how your donations have helped Washington’s wildfire victims (VIDEO)

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OMAK, Wash. -- Q13 Cares and its partners, the Seattle Seahawks, Albertsons and Safeway, have raised nearly $200,000 to help those affected by the Washington wildfires. And now we can show you how your donations have helped.

Q13 FOX's Alexandra Lewis spoke with some of the families getting that help, including one man who lost everything.

Your donations have been transferred to cash cards and given to families so that they have a place to sleep, food on the table and their kids have clothes for the first day of school.

"It feels really good to know this is here," said wildfire victim Libby Richards.

The North Star Donation Center in Omak is much like a supermarket, but cash isn't accepted -- only a need, and the will to keep going.

"This has been a sanctuary for people even after they lost everything," said Dominique Ali of the center. "There's fun, happy people that keep our minds off of the stress that is to come."

Truckloads of donated clothes, food and household items arrive every day. As fast as it comes in, it goes right back out to thousands in need.

And for Libby Richards, that effort means her grandchildren have clothes for school.

"It's not hurting the kids any. We tell them we got everything that we need so there's no need in getting upset when you have to go to school. We can come here and pick up stuff for them. Right down to the snacks!"

The flames of the Okanagon Complex Fire robbed some families of everything they owned.

"My father-in-law is a volunteer firefighter," said wildfire victim Phillip Barnaby, who lost everything in the fire.

"He said 'Leave. It's time to go.' So we left," Barnaby said, wiping tears from his eyes.

Barnaby can hold what's left of his family's Omak home in his hands.

"My daughters broke down. She won't tell you she has but I know she has. Me and my wife deal with it every day. Every day it's getting easier," he said.

It's easier because of your help.

Barnaby is a recipient of your donations thorough Q13 Cares. Phillip, his wife, 10-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter are just one of many families who've received cash cards and food vouchers.

"The help that I'm getting now is amazing," Barnaby said. "A week ago I didn't know where I was going to come up with to pay my bus at home. Put food on the table. What table I'm going to be able to put food on. I just bought all my kids school clothes and school supplies."

Barnaby says his family now had a fresh start thanks to you, strangers he now calls friends.

"A month ago I'd have told you I had a handful of friends. The friends I have today I couldn't name them all off."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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