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Kristine Gordon is studying Biology Pre-med at Baylor University, about 20 minutes from the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed as many as 14 people.

Today is a holiday on Baylor's campus.

So with the day off, the 2011 Damonte Ranch High School graduate is doing anything she can to help.

Gordon was working at Baylor intramurals last night when she first realized something was seriously wrong.

"I was out on the fields and all of the sudden, all of the emergency personnel in Waco came flying past our fields," Gordon said. "So, we all paused our game because we were really concerned."

Once she saw the images of the explosion's aftermath, she knew she wanted to help.

"There's been a lot of lost houses and there have been a lot of lost pets," Gordon said. "So, it's a pretty sad sight."

Despite the rain and a line that stretched around the building, she joined others in her community to give blood, hoping to save a life affected by this powerful explosion.

"We had stood there for about three hours before we got to the front and when we left, that line wrapped all the way to the back," Gordon said. "There were people that had a six-hour and beyond wait. But they were still standing in line."

She says everywhere she looked, neighbors were helping in any way they could.

"This morning, there was a bunch of people from the community out donating blood, opening up their homes for people that lost theirs in the fires and donating to centers and stuff," Gordon said. "So, it was a really busy community."

Along with donating blood, Gordon also spent a couple of hours helping at animal shelters, and bought supplies for volunteer fire departments and community centers.

"From food to water, there's been a lot of requests for baby supplies, for clothing, for toiletries," Gordon said. "It's basic items you need in your every day life."

Gordon says the evacuation centers and hospitals are completely full in the Waco area and says many patients are being taken to Dallas nearly 2 hours away.

Written by Paul Nelson
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